Eng. Abdulrahman Al Hammadi, Ministry of Education (MOE) Undersecretary for Supervision and Support Services, stressed that the high quality educational environment and facilities of the education sector including schools, assets and otherwise are among the MOE's most important concerns as they are an essential pillar to build a competitive educational system. Therefore, the MOE has given this matter great importance and has included it in its development plans to reach a high quality education.
His Excellency referred to the MOE's vision which is based on innovative education, to have a leading knowledge society, which requires providing effective education. Educational environment and school buildings constitute an essential and important pillar for achieving the desired educational goals and developmental plans of education in the future, stating that the MOE is working on developing a clear vision through which the MOE concludes the necessity of optimizing the available human and material resources in a manner strengthening the educational system.
He also mentioned that the MOE will save no effort to provide a stimulating and attracting educational environment for both students and teachers. Accordingly, a comprehensive and integrated plan was developed to carry out the operations of annual maintenance of schools and follow up them constantly and intensively to ensure the completion of the maintenance before the commencement of the work of the administrative and teaching staff for the next academic year 2017-2018, to ensure provision of an educational environment which achieves the efficiency and the desire of students in learning, along with the teaching staff.
He stated that 23 schools are under comprehensive maintenance, 8 schools in Sharjah and the Eastern Province, 9 schools in Ras al-Khaimah, 5 schools in Fujairah and one school in Ajman while 25 schools in Dubai will be under maintenance carried out by Dubai Municipality. Accordingly, the total number of public schools under maintenance this year are 48, indicating that the comprehensive maintenance will include maintenance of the assets of various schools.
He pointed out that there are 25 schools which will be replaced in 2017, 3 schools in Dubai, 6 schools in Sharjah, 2 schools in the Eastern Province, 5 schools in Ajman, 1 school in Umm al-Quwain, 6 schools in Fujairah and 2 schools in Ras al-Khaimah, indicating that 8 schools will be integrated as follows: 2 schools in Dubai, 3 schools in Sharjah, 1 school in Ajman, 1 school in Umm al-Quwain and 1 school in Fujairah.
He stated that 24 schools have been developed, along with 16 nursery schools where they are distributed as follows: 4 schools in Dubai, 11 schools in Sharjah, 7 schools in Ajman, 1 school in Umm al-Quwain, 9 schools in Ras al-Khaimah and 8 schools in Fujairah.
Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Hammadi emphasized that school buildings development plan will ensure that UAE schools will have a new system to meet the aspirations, with international standards reflecting the development of TheUAE’s schools, as the MOE will integrate close schools and reduce the density in schools.
He added that the MOE seeks to provide a stimulating and attractive educational environment for students in various educational areas and to equip schools with all their needs before the start of the new academic year, within the framework of the MOE's strategy to achieve effective education.
He said that the MOE made a previous field survey of all public schools. They identified the schools which are in a working condition and the schools which are not, in addition to the schools which require the development of infrastructure and educational facilities based on several standards, including the structural age of buildings, the availability of the facilities required in an educational institution and population density in some areas as well as the new residential areas, stressing that the replacement process will save the operational cost for the MOE.
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