The pilot phase of a proposed professional licensing scheme for teachers is expected to be introduced next year and fully implemented by 2021.
“The new system will be implemented over five years such that all teachers will be licensed by 2021, in line with the requirements of the UAE National Agenda,” said Dr Thani Al Mehairi, director general of National Qualifications Authority (NQA), which is coordinating the effort along with the Ministry of Education, the Abu Dhabi Education Council, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and the Institute of Applied Technology.
Under the proposals, schoolteachers, vice-principals, principals and cluster managers working in public and private schools will be subject to licensing, and teachers will have to pass a national examination and show a “portfolio of evidence,” said Dr Al Mehairi.
Minister of Education Hussain Al Hammadi said licensing will be phased in to give “an opportunity for teachers to prepare themselves”.
“We are working with universities to make sure there is a training programme that will be available for teachers when we implement the full licence.”
The six-month pilot project expected to be introduced next year will involve about 750 teachers, about one per cent of the nation’s teacher, according to the NQA.
“As soon as the pilot committee approves the process, selected teachers and schools will go through,” said Dr Al Mehairi. “An evaluation will be conducted to adjust any shortcomings and narrow the gaps that can affect the final licensing process.
“After that, all teachers will commence mandatory licensing.”
Courtesy: The National