Is the UAE’s education sector performing well? Take a look!
The UAE’s education sector witnessed a 13 percent increase in online hires during the last quarter of 2018 indicating overall growth in the knowledge industry, according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI) report.
The report also shows online hires climbing a respectable 22 percent in the education sector in December 2018, compared to the previous year. The year-on-year growth figures also reveal online hiring increasing at a much faster pace in the education sector when compared to other sectors such as hospitality, manufacturing, and automotive, among others.
“The positive increase in online hiring across the education sector is no surprise given the UAE’s commitment towards building a knowledge-based industry,” said Abhijeet Mukherjee, Chief Executive Office, monster.com, APAC & Middle East.
The UAE government has taken up a number of initiatives towards achieving its “Education 2020” goal. This includes smart learning programs, new teachers’ codes, curriculum revision, as well as improved licensing and evaluation systems. One such initiative is the National Experts Programme (NEP) – a mentorship program, recently announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, that will pair some of the brightest Emiratis across the country with leaders in the industry.
“Preparing the Emirate experts of tomorrow requires specialized training and development, as well as a specific skillset which needs to be honed by educational professionals – this may explain the spike in demand within the sector. The long-term objective of the NEP is to grow 100 experts across all industries by 2020, and it will be interesting to see how this impacts the sector in the near future,” Abhijeet Mukherjee said.
Looking to the future
The UAE has begun implementing a number of programs geared towards preparing Emirati children for the future job market. The country aims to develop modern forms of education and curriculum, while focusing on recreational activities to enhance the knowledge and skills of school students. This is part of a larger plan to prepare the younger generations for UAE Centennial Strategy 2071, which focuses on education, economy, communities and government development as tools to make the country the best in the world by 2071.
On January 28, a UAE Cabinet meeting chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, discussed the implementation of a new “Emirate School” system in 800 public and private schools across the country. The new system aims to put into place new learning methods for various educational streams. The government also allocated an investment of AED 5 billion for an education overhaul over the next six years.
In a series of new proposals geared at promoting economic ties with Saudi Arabia, the UAE government in January 2019 also shed light on a new program to help children between ages 7 and 18 develop a better understanding of financial concepts and fiscal responsibility, with an emphasis on “saving and smart spending.”
The UAE expects the number of private schools to grow dramatically in anticipation of significant expansion in the sector and increased enrollments. Dubai is projected to enroll about 400,000 students by 2020, while Abu Dhabi is expected to welcome about 283,800 students by 2021. Keeping this in mind, the Teacher and Educational Leadership Standards (TELS) five-year program has already begun implementing professional development and assessments for teachers in an attempt to enhance the professional competence of teachers.
The UAE education system is currently comprises of public schools that follow the Arabic curriculum, as well as private schools and higher education that follow various different curricula including the MoE, UK, U.S., IB, and Indian, among others.