UAE: New education ministers announced as Sheikh Mohammed overhauls system

Decisions taken after consultation with President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan


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Published: Sun 22 May 2022, 11:24 AM

Last updated: Sun 22 May 2022, 2:08 PM

The UAE Vice-President has announced some major changes to the country’s education sector, including the appointment of new ministers.

The education sector today is not the same as yesterday and neither are our ambitions. The skills of the future will be different from what they are today. Our aim is to prepare a generation that can carry forward our march (to success). We urge everyone to cooperate with us to achieve this,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted on Sunday.

He said the decisions have been taken after consultation with the President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

New education minister

Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi will serve as the new Minister of Education. Al Falasi is currently Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises and he is to review and oversee all policies related to the education system in the country.

Upgrading UAE’s public schools

Sarah Al Amiri has been appointed Minister of State for Public Education and Future Technology, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Schools Establishment.

Currently the Minister of State for Advanced Technology, she has been tasked with developing an integrated and comprehensive plan to upgrade public schools in the country.

Early education minister

Sheikh Mohammed also announced the appointment of Sarah Al Musallam as Minister of State for Early Education. She will supervise the newly announced Federal Authority for Early Education that will develop and implement plans to take care of a child from birth until he/she gets to the fourth grade. Focus areas include education, health, skills, and personality development.

“The right foundation ensures the success of education for our children,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.


Authority for quality education

The UAE Vice-President also announced the establishment of a Federal Authority for Quality of Education that will be affiliated to the UAE Cabinet. Its main functions are to monitor the quality of education impartially, develop a qualification system, assess the sector and set clear standards and targets.

Sheikh Mohammed also thanked the outgoing Minister of Education, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, and Minister of State for Public Education, Jameela Al Muhairi.

Future of Education Project

Sheikh Mohammed also announced the restructuring of the Education and Human Resources Council chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The council will be responsible for supervising the project of the Future of Education in the country.

Outgoing ministers

The UAE Vice-President also thanked the outgoing Minister of Education Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi and Minister of State for Public Education Jameela Al Muhairi.

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