Arabic test must for varsity entry
Dubai - Creative labs to make Dubai happiest place in the world
All set to make the emirate the world's happiest place, the Dubai Executive Council on Monday started the second cycle of Dubai Plan 2021's Creative Labs in the presence of ministers, top officials and 100 experts from government and private entities.
The labs aim to create futuristic creative ideas, and reinforce the government of Dubai's position as 'the Government of Happiness' in a city that strives and works tirelessly to provide all the means of happiness a community requires and cares for its well-being.
The creative labs is an interactive platform through which the latest developments of the Dubai Plan 2021, launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in December 2014, are reviewed.
The labs, in a bid to ensure happiness and wellbeing for all, have discussed a number of issues aimed to create a city of happy, creative and empowered people, living in an inclusive and cohesive society.
Minister of Education, Hussain bin Ebrahim Al Hammadi, told Khaleej Times that experts participating in the sessions have been carefully picked to be fully aware of the issues being discussed.
All the issues discussed will pave the way for a brighter and happier future for Dubai, he added.
"To give a boost to Arabic language, high school students need to clear what we may call as an Arabic 'TOEFL' as of next year to be able to continue their university study."
Having 17 diverse secondary school systems in the UAE, all grade 12 students, no matter they are in government or private school, will have to pass a unified test in Arabic, English, Math and Science, the minister disclosed. "This proposition is actually still under study."
Some subjects, such as mass communication and human resources need to be studied in Arabic at the university level, he stated. "These issues and many others have to be taught in Arabic to suit the nature of the country whereas all students need to acquire a set of soft workplace skills."
Abdullah Al Shaibani, Secretary-General of the Dubai Executive Council told Khaleej Times said all customers of the Dubai Government will have a single unified number that will be used in all departments. "Developing such a unified number will ease the job for the customer and the department alike, and make them both happier."