MOE develops a control plan that broadly involves educational zones to ensure educational institutions efficient performance and compliance with the MOE’s laws, regulations and legislations
MOE develops a control plan that broadly involves educational zones
Abdulrahman Al Hammadi: Collaboration with educational institutions and proper training of educators to apply the UAE School’s standards should be guaranteed.
Khulood Al Qassimi: Specific control standards and tools are developed to assess the performance of the educational institutions with their various stages and forms.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) developed a supervision plan that constitutes certain steps, standards and tools to enhance the supervisory role of the educational zones of the various stages and levels of educational institutions. This plan expands the educational institutions’ authorities based on updated supervision practices and tools that ensure educational institutions’ efficiency, compliance with the laws, regulations and legislations, and adherence to the certified policies, regulations and laws. Such plans aim to make the educational zones a strategic partner that can play a control role over the educational institutions.
The meeting was attended by His Excellency Eng. Abdulrahman Al Hammadi, MOE Undersecretary for Supervision and Support Services, Her Excellency Sheikha Khulood Saqr Al Qassimi, Assistant Undersecretary of the Supervision Sector and the educational zones’ directors and supervision departments’ heads. The meeting discussed the supervision plan for the next academic year 2017/2018, and introduced the developed procedural laws and manuals of supervising the public and higher educational institutions and early childhood institutions. Such laws and manuals will be applicable at the beginning of the next academic year.
Al Hammadi highlighted the importance of expanding the educational zones’ supervising role and ensuring their response to the MOE laws and legislations. He pointed out to that educational zones will be a main partner in carrying out supervision operations of educational institutions with their several levels and stages. Furthermore, the educational zones will maintain their basic roles regarding serving the relevant parties and investors, and coordinating with the local governments.
Al Hammadi said thateducational zones will play a vital and essential role in the supervision of the educational institutions. The educational zones have been given broad authorities that complement the MOE’s role, to enable the MOE to perform its missions effectively and efficiently. He referred to the importance of intertwining the efforts during the coming stages, so as to support the educational zones’ potentials that serve their supervising role. He asserted the importance of building the supervisory capacities and channeling more efforts into attracting the national cadres to cover the sector’s human resources requirements.
Al Hammadi drew the attendants’ attention to how necessary it is to enhance the role of and activate the communication channels with educational institutions, to keep them constantly informed of the decisions and legislations regulating the educational institutions, and to train them properly on applying the UAE Schools standards. He stated that the supervisory staffs should have specialized training courses on the data systems developed by the MOE, with the purpose of optimizing the supervision visits.
Sheikha Khulood Al Qassimi presented the supervision sector’s approach to the development of the electronic system to the educational zones’ directors and supervision departments’ heads. The electronic system is developed to automate the different supervision operations, to cope with the best international practices applicable. Her Excellency said that this approach is meant to improve the efficiency and unify the instruments of the supervision operations performed by the various supervisory staffs. She explained that the sector has finished determining the supervision coordinators in the public educational institutions as a step towards the “self-supervision”, based on the sector developed methodology, aiming to encourage educational institutions to assess how well they comply with the MOE’s policies, laws and regulations independently using the electronic system developed to serve the supervision sector. This self-supervision is a preliminary step that gives way to the supervisory staffs’ visits. It warrants the maximization of the supervision operations efficiency, expansion of scopes and establishment of standards.
Al Qassimi reviewed the supervision sector plan for the coming year. The plan proved to be consistent with the MOE’s sincere and serious efforts to improve all the educational system elements and to provide a regulatory, supervisory and developed environment. She pointed out that, during the past few months, the supervision sector has set several supervision standards and instruments to assess the performance of thevarious levels and forms of educational institutions. Such standards and instruments deal with higher educational and early childhood institutions, to ensure that they fully comply with the MOE’s applicable policies, regulations and laws. This is meant to improve the quality and efficiency and ensure the governance of the educational performance to reach the promised leadership represented by The UAE vision 2021.
Al Qassimi indicated that the supervision activates the role of the ‘quality assurance staff’ whom are authorized to regulate the supervision operations quality, and to ensure that the supervisory staff complete their authorized missions efficiently and professionally through field visits and follow-ups via the electronic system.
The meeting witnessed the presentation of the supervision sector’s intensified preparations for the new academic year, which are intended to assure that government as well as private educational institutions, are ready to receive students into an attracting and motivating school environment at the beginning of the new academic year.
The MOE’s supervision sector initiated its preparations for the new academic year earlier this year by forming supervisory staffs, and providing them with intensified training courses on the supervision framework requirements and standards developed. The training courses are designed to enable the supervisory staff to perform their supervisory missions of all government and private schools and other educational institutions, to unify the supervision-related terminology and conceptions, and to boost the efficiency and proficiency of the supervision operations.
In accordance with the MOE’s plan, supervisory visits will be conducted in collaboration with the supervisory departments in educational zones to ensure that schools are ready for the academic year, and meet the health and safety requirements and standards. Such supervisory visits will go conincide with the supervision of the school uniform points of sale and teachers’ training centers which will start from next August until the end of September to ensure 100% coverage. They will be followed by a series of general supervisory visits to all educational institutions.
Directors of the educational zones: Expanding the supervisory authorities of the educational institutions is a milestone along the path of establishing the leading standards.
The Directors of the Educational zones stated that the MOE’s expansion of the educational zones’ scope, basis and authorities of supervision is a key step that will contribute to achieving harmony and integration. It will grant UAE schools the pioneering features that distinguish a new stage where the efficiency of and compliance with the certified standards and regulations by the educational institution are guaranteed. These efforts are channeled to reach a quality educational product.
Ghaya Al Muhairi, Acting Director of Dubai Educational Zone, stated that the Educational Zone is keen to accomplish the educational supervisory missions in accordance with its developed authorities. The accomplishment of such missions will be reflected on the development of the school environment and will achieve the moral, as well as material expected returns, depending on a set of supervisory instruments that stimulate more giving, development and promotion. Moreover, it will establish the health and safety requirements and standards.
Al Muhairi asserted that school supervisory staffs in the educational zones take into consideration the monitoring of the grounds of success and positives, and focus on the shortcomings and negatives within the school society. She said that the supervisory staffs take into consideration that the development of the school environment is one whole unbreakable operation, and that improving the educational performance is based on a group of necessities that should harmonize with the comprehensive development view of the UAE School. The supervisory staff seeks to turn such considerations into tangible facts.
The Director of Dubai Educational Zone pointed out the significance of the administrative follow-ups along with the field supervision observations and the importance of the practical interaction and harmonization with the development approach in government and private schools as well as other educational institutions, from the perspective of the school and educational zone administration. She referred to the Educational Zone’s pursuit in achieving top priority objectives based on the MOE development agendas. She explained that the Educational Zone believes that field supervision is the highest priority, being a focal point that directs the UAE school development towards fulfilling the driving ambitions.
Saeed Bin Hussein, Director of Umm al-Quwain Educational Zone, said that the expansion of the educational zones’ supervisory frameworks serves the development of an educational product that satisfy the MOE’s, and above all the State’s, future expectations and varied programs.
He ties this to the fact that the process of providing qualified cadres that supervise universities and kindergartens based on the supervisory role lately defined by MOE is ongoing, focusing on the human element in driving the MOE’s relevant plans towards success.
Juma Al Kindi, Director of Al Fujairah Educational Zone stated that the supervisory roles, which are entitled to the educational zones and which cover the universities, kindergartens, government and private schools as well as other educational institutions, help in collecting accurate factual information of the educational field that allowing the undertaking of necessary actions to overcome any shortcoming or failure.
He clarified that broadening the educational zones supervisory role guarantees the application of the MOE’s decisions to meet the educational objectives, which serve at the very end in the creation of an educational environment that motivates all the educational process relevant parties. Furthermore, such objectives maintain the balance of administrative as well as instructional aspects in state schools; such as the distribution of classes, provision of teachers and others.
Hessa Al Khaja, Acting Director of Sharjah Educational Zone praised the MOE’s decree on the expansion of the educational zones’ supervisory role, asserting that this decree regulates the educational field rhythm and ensures the optimum enforcement of MOE’s decrees, which regulate the actual progress of work. Furthermore, the educational zones’ supervisory role helps in achieving the health and safety standards and requirements.
She stated that the process of raising the employees’ readiness by Sharjah Educational Zone is ongoing within the framework of Sharjah Educational Zone’s supervisory authorities entitled. Such process takes place in the context of the integration of roles that ensures the optimum enforcement of MOE’s decrees. She indicated that Sharjah Educational Zone works on the development of the field and self-supervision procedures, through intensifying visits to government and private schools, kindergartens, universities as well as other educational institutions, and raising awareness of the relevant parties depending on one whole work team to reach the desired results.
Nader Al Mandous, Head of the Department of Supervision in RAK Educational Zone, said that the supervisory system of the educational zones move towards the integration of relevant decisions and procedures. He affirmed that this decision will lead to the full compliance with the educational institutions’ governing regulations and laws, resulting in the implementation of the MOE’s future plan.