Abu Dhabi: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council (EHRC) in the UAE, emphasized the crucial role of an advanced educational system in realizing the country’s future goals. He highlighted the need for continuous updates to ensure that the educational system aligns with the evolving needs of modern society and the dynamic global economy.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan presided over a virtual meeting of the council where he underscored the importance of closely monitoring and evaluating learning outcomes and school performance. He also emphasized the need for consistent and timely support to improve the quality of education.
At the beginning of the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed a warm welcome to H.H. Sheikha Maryam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is the Chairperson of Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and the Vice-Chairperson of the Education and Human Resources Council. Sheikh Abdullah extended his best wishes for her success in her new position and the accompanying responsibilities.
“The participation of Sheikha Maryam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in our educational initiative is truly extraordinary. She possesses a genuine dedication to the advancement and enhancement of the education sector,” stated Sheikh Abdullah, expressing the strong belief that “her vast experience and extensive knowledge will be instrumental in empowering the education sector to realize our shared vision of a promising future for the benefit of our children, youth, and the nation’s future.”
During the meeting, an extensive review of the performance outcomes of public schools and the quality inspections of private schools took place.
Sheikh Abdullah announced that the Council will continue to monitor their progress and update the key performance indicators
Furthermore, a comprehensive plan was approved to ensure that students are enrolled in the highest-performing schools in the country. This plan involves updating the education quality inspection and assessment framework to establish a fair and unified measure of performance for both public and private schools in the coming years.
The National Center for Educational Quality will oversee this process. Enhancing the educational standards of students and cultivating a knowledgeable and capable generation aligns with the UAE’s objectives and priorities.
Sheikh Abdullah further emphasized, “Extensive research has consistently shown that high-quality education is an indispensable factor for achieving success and excellence in all fields. Education quality has been strongly associated with future aspirations.
Schools act as beacons of light, guiding students at every educational level along their educational and personal development journey. They provide a platform for students to discover their talents, refine their abilities, and broaden their academic, cultural, and leadership perspectives.”
Sheikh Abdullah expressed ongoing pride in the exceptional performance of schools and their accomplishments, extending heartfelt appreciation for their endeavoursvors to enhance educational outcomes. He conveyed congratulations to the schools that received high-performance ratings, acknowledging their vital role in shaping the future generations of the UAE. Sheikh Abdullah conveyed his best wishes for their continued success and excellence.
H.H. Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Chairperson of Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and Vice Chair of the Council for Education and Human Resources, reiterated the commitment to their vision of an inclusive education ecosystem capable of catering to the needs of all learners and contributing to the prosperity and sustainable advancement of the nation.
She emphasized the vital role of inspecting and evaluating the performance of the education system, as it helps identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas requiring improvement.
During the meeting, the council engaged in a comprehensive analysis of the performance outcomes of both government and private schools, comparing them with the results of international assessments.
A thorough examination of an integrated action plan to enhance the inspection and evaluation measures for educational quality in schools was conducted. This plan includes updating the inspection and evaluation framework to establish a unified system applicable to both government and private schools.
The National Center for Education Quality, in collaboration with relevant entities, will review, develop, and oversee this framework, aligning it with international best practices in education quality assessment tools. Furthermore, the council deliberated on strategic policies aimed at improving school performance and ensuring that Emirati students have access to the highest-performing schools in the upcoming years.