UAE makes new license mandatory for school staff
An educational license will be compulsory for all employees in UAE schools starting next year, a top official revealed on Wednesday.
According to the Ministry of Education, the license is obtained by passing two tests, one in pedagogy and the other in subject matter specialisation.
In case the applicant fails to meet the exam criteria, they have to undergo training courses customised to the level shown in the exam to achieve the required outcome, during a 24-month period.
Teachers in the UAE must have a minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree or a 4-year university degree or higher in the required field, according to the MoE.
One of the goals is to license all education professionals “according to the high standards in pedagogy and subject matter specialisation”.
By introducing this system, authorities said they want to ensure best teaching practices by building a pool of capable and skilled education professionals.
“The aspiration of the UAE is to provide world class education and we are investing a lot in uplifting standards. The professional licensing initiative is a step in this direction and it will ensure we have educational professionals with the highest credentials,” Al Marar said.
With the licence becoming a requirement for all education professionals in the country, it will ensure high performance in the education system and also equip UAE education professionals to compete globally.