Private education to be revamped

DUBAI — The Minister of Education, Dr Hanif Hassan, yesterday announced that private education would be restructured across the country.

By Mohsen Rashed

Published: Thu 31 Aug 2006, 9:17 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:43 PM

He said that a team would study the current scenario and would chalk out plans to improve private sector education.

This would help lift standards of education in this sector and would put it on par with educational institutes in the public sector.

Following the visits he paid to three private schools in Ajman yesterday, Dr Hanif said that the Ministry of Education (MoE) had detected some irregularities there.

He pointed out that the salaries of teachers were inadequate and this forced them to take up private tuition.

The minister said such practices should be stopped. ''A qualified teacher who has vast experience is paid only Dh2,000 which is set by the executive bylaw of the private education.

''We do not approve that. Teachers should be paid suitable salaries," he said.

Some private schools which follow the Minitry of Education's curriculum get the textbooks from the ministry at nominal prices, costing between Dh2 and 6 per book.

These schools then sell them to students for Dh50.

Commenting on it, Dr Hanif said that the ministry would not be lenient with such schools exploiting students.

He added that any school found breaking the rules would be suspended.

Regarding fees, Dr Hassan said the ministry was only interested in the quality of the educational services at reasonable fees.

He noted that the quality of education depended on the teaching staff, the facilities and other factors that should be taken into account. The licence holder should also be considered.

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