UAE: No change in policy regarding teaching of Islamic studies in schools

All private institutions committed to applying curricula from Grade 1 to Grade 12

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Published: Fri 2 Sep 2022, 12:10 AM

Last updated: Fri 2 Sep 2022, 12:51 PM

All private schools across the country are committed to offering Islamic education as specified by the Ministry of Education (MOE) from Grades 1-12.

In a tweet on Thursday, the Ministry clarified that there has been no change in policy and that all schools are required to teach the Islamic Studies curriculum set by the Ministry.

However, the subject is mandatory only for Muslim students, and non-Muslim students are exempt.

Furthermore, the education authority stated that British curriculum schools are required to introduce the subject from Grade 2, compared to Grade 1 in American and Emirati curriculum schools. This is because, with a 13-year education system, Grade 2 students in British schools will be at the same age as their counterparts at that stage.

The ministry added that eligible students across all curricula will be taught Islamic Studies and the Arabic language for a total of 12 academic years.

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