DUBAI // More than half the teachers who applied for Dubai’s new teacher’s licence failed the qualifying test.
Only 106 of the 223 in the Teacher and Educational Leadership Standards pilot programme passed their exams and qualified for their licences.
Another 67 passed all of the tests but now need to complete English language training or preparation qualifications before they are given the licence.
Naji Al Mahdi of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority said lessons learnt from the pilot would be used to improve the process.
“We all learnt a lot from the pilot process and although there were challenges, we are already looking forward to our new batch of teachers in September,” Mr Al Mahdi said.
He said most of those who failed missed only one module.
He was speaking on Monday at the successful teachers’ graduation ceremony in Academic City.
All of the 51 teachers who had international teaching licences passed, while 92 of the 138 who did not have international licences also passed.
“There are of course many teachers who have extensive teaching experience in schools in the emirate and they will have to take the qualification and pass within the next four years,” Mr Al Mahdi said.
Those with existing international qualifications have to take only the ethics and professional standards module of the assessment, Mr Al Mahdi said.
The pilot phase, which ran from May to September, evaluated the effectiveness of the licensing process and involved feedback from teachers and school leaders taking part.
“I didn’t have any international qualifications but took part in the training provided by Tellal,” Ms Maharaj-Delpeche said. “It was a tough process because I was working in the classroom while at the same time studying for the tests.
Richard Drew, principal of Jumeira Baccalaureate School, took the course and was relieved to have passed.
“Over the next four years all of our teachers will come through the licensing process,” Mr Drew said. “This licensing scheme can only be a good thing in raising the quality of standards.”
The pilot scheme was developed with the British University in Dubai and the National Qualifications Authority.
Full implementation of the licence will begin at the start of the new academic year in September.
Source: The National