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UAE to introduce standardized school curriculum


DUBAI, Sept. 4 — The Gulf state United Arab Emirates (UAE) will,
based on a directive issued by President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed
Al-Nahyan, unify the learning system of all public and private schools in
all seven sheikhdoms of the UAE, Dubai daily Gulf News reported on Sunday.

The new educational system will be called the Emirati School Model,
announced on Sunday by the UAE Ministry of Education in Abu Dhabi. This new
system aims to unify the sector across the UAE and “raise standards of
teaching and learning,” said the report. The move follows the directives
of President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammad Bin
Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and
Ruler of Dubai. Gulf News quoted the vice president as saying “The UAE has
made many significant achievements in education and the next stage requires
us to build on them under a unified framework in preparation for the
comprehensive development.” The Gulf state, a major oil supplier and the
most diversified economy among all Arab Gulf countries, has around 10
million inhabitants of which 80 percent are foreigners. – XINHUA