Shaikh Khalifa establishes education body

ABU DHABI — The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued law No. 24 of 2005 establishing the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) to be chaired by the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince.

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Published: Mon 12 Sep 2005, 10:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:18 PM

The council shall be an independent corporate body and shall enjoy full legal status, as well as financial and administrative independence in all its affairs. It shall have its headquarters in Abu Dhabi and shall have the right to set up its branches and offices inside or outside the UAE.

The law outlined the council’s task of developing education and educational institutions in the emirate, including providing technical assistance in that regard. The council shall coordinate with the ministry of education in drawing the emirate’s education plan within the framework of the UAE’s general education policy.

It shall conduct studies and make suggestions on how best to develop education, vocational training and uplift all educational institutions and their staff in order to be at par with modern development in all areas. It shall also provide technical and material assistance to educational institutions, boost relations between the latter and the private sector, improve the standard of education and vocational training for graduates through training. It shall also create more job opportunities for them, provide assistance, counselling and technical services to educational institutions and coordinate among these institutions to enable them implement the emirate’s special education plans. It shall also contribute in setting up special education data base for the emirate and encourage private schools in providing quality education services according to existing laws. The new law stipulates the prerogatives of the council and its general policies to enable it achieve its objectives. Members of the council, according to the law, shall be people with experience. The council members shall choose among themselves a deputy chairman of the council. The appointment shall have to be upheld by the council chairman. The council’s tenure shall be three renewable years.

The law empowers the chairman of the council to appoint a director-general for the council and to outline his prerogatives and entitlements.

The law said civil service rules shall apply on employees of the council. UAE citizens among them shall also enjoy pension scheme operating in the emirate. The law empowers the council chairman to issue bye-laws and all other necessary decisions for the implementation of the new law.

Shaikh Khalifa, in his capacity as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, also issued law No. 25 of 2005 to amend some articles of law No. 2 of 2000 dealing with civilian pension scheme in the emirate. Article I of the law calls for annulment of paragraph (1) of article 36 of law No. 2 of 2000. It also nullifies the text of article III of the table (1) attached to it. The law also nullifies every rule that contradicts or contravenes the new law, according to article II of the law.

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