Abdullah bin Zayed chairs ninth meeting of EHRC

ABU DHABI, 12th December, 2016 (WAM)–H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council (EHRC), headed here on Monday the ninth meeting of the council.

At the outset of the meeting, the minutes of the eighth meeting were endorsed.

Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, presented a brief study on Emirati students in private schools which the follow the curriculum of the Ministry of Education, in terms of quality and in light of speedy growth seen by the private schools, as well as linking of results scored by these schools in different assessments, whether locally or internationally.

She highlighted schools, which will be honoured for their outstanding performances in international tests, noting that the move encourages schools to score more in international competitions in line with the national agenda index 2021.

Al Muhairi referred to the subject of care and early childhood education stage and investment for the future in terms of opportunities and quality of provided services, in addition to the current role of nurseries and the next five-year plan.

Dr. Ahmad bin Abdulla Humaid Belhoul AlFalasi, Minister of State for Higher Education, and Shamma bint Sohail Faris AlMazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, presented an evaluation on the vocational training system at the federal universities, and the extent of effectiveness of these programmes in honing students’ skills and complementing their academic experience.

AlFalasi discussed the academic accreditation and quality control related to existing vocational training standards. He also presented a comparative study standard of vocational training system adopted in the UAE with those in the United States, Singapore, and France, referring to the laws and recommendations that can develop the vocational training process, improve students’ experience and meet the expectations of the labour market.

The minister cited the mechanism used by the vocational training system in the UAE and the number of student trainees for 2016. He noted that the number of student trainees reached 8,000 students – 66% in the public sector, 17% in the semi-government and 15% students have chosen to complete their vocational training in companies that belong to the private sector.

AlMazroui discussed the outcomes and recommendations of the students in regard to the vocational training during a youth session, held in the presence of Dr. AlFalasi in Washington. Other recommendations were contributed by 90 members of the youth councils within the state through questionnaires. She recommended the establishment of an electronic platform to offer vocational training opportunities.

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered the increase of vocational training opportunities and raising the number of student trainees in the private sector in order to develop their skills.

The meeting was also attended by Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention; Hussein bin Ibrahim Al Hamadi, Minister of Education; Najla bint Mohammed Al Awar, Minister of Community Development; Minister of State for Public Education; Minister of State for Higher Education, and Minister of State for Youth Affairs.