Sunday, September 18, 2011

UAE's PM says education, jobs are gov't priorities

The Prime Minister of the UAE on Sunday said education and Emiratisation were two key priorities to be tackled by the government.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also the UAE's vice-president and ruler of Dubai, said both areas represented "a national responsibility" to achieve "the aspirations of the people of the UAE and ensuring their welfare and decent living".

Sheikh Mohammed made the comments while addressing the cabinet at a meeting, state news agency WAM reported.

The cabinet approved the UAE's education agenda until 2020 and the three-year strategy of the National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority (Tanmia) for 2011-2013.


The education agenda will be based on the betterment of student achievement, development of the school environment, guaranteeing of equal educational opportunities for all students, programmes for promoting patriotism among students and the enhancement of administrative efficiency and effectiveness in the Ministry of Education.

The agenda also sets 10 major goals and contains a large number of initiatives for achieving them, WAM said.

The initiatives include filling the gap between the private and public education, restructuring the education system, it added.

The strategy also includes a project for licensing educational authorities at private and governmental levels across the country. A total number of 1,190 schools, among which 61 percent are government schools, will be covered by this scheme.

The approval of the 2011-2013 Tanmia strategy sets specific goals for reducing unemployment among UAE citizens and rolls out plans for continuous training and empowerment of the local workforce to enable them for job relocation and actual participation in the job market by filling of jobs in the private sector.

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