More than 5,000 UAE teachers to be tested for competency

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Licensed to teach? More than 5,000 UAE teachers to be tested for competency

 

ABU DHABI – Are high school teachers in the UAE qualified to teach? A teacher licensing system will put 5,076 teachers through an assessment test to ensure that they meet teaching standards in the country, officials announced on Tuesday.

Minister of Education, Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi, said public and private school teachers will undergo a first round of tests in April, followed by a teaching practice assessment in September,.

“This teacher licensing system has been designed to match the UAE’s vision for the future. We aim to license all workers in the education sector by the end of 2020,” Al Hammadi said.

“Based on the results of the initial assessments, teachers will receive training so that they can meet the UAE’s educational standards and compete with other educators on a global level.”

The teachers will undergo a specialised test in one of six core subjects to students in Grades 10, 11 and 12: English, Arabic, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The next phase will involve professional exams to assess their level of professionalism, classroom management skills, and their ability to incorporate the UAE’s heritage and values in their teaching.

Once a teacher sits for both assessments, the ministry will determine gaps in his or her skills and competencies, and a set of training requirements will be specified.

Teachers will also be issued licences for a minimum of one and maximum of three years, based on the specific educator’s competencies and need for retraining, the ministry said.

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