Education in the Constitution
Education is a constitutional right of every citizen. Article 17 of the UAE's Constitution stresses the fundamental role of education in the progress of the society and makes education compulsory at primary stages and free of charge at all stages for citizens throughout the UAE. It also maintains that the government should set necessary schemes for spreading education and eliminating illiteracy.
Education and Vision 2021
Providing first-rate education system is a pillar of the National Agenda in line with Vision 2021. One of the targets of National Agenda is that UAE students must be best in the world in reading, mathematics, science and have a strong knowledge of the Arabic language.
The National Agenda contains also an indicator that measures the percentage of schools that meet certain quality standards of teachers based on a clear system of measurement and evaluation.
Read more about UAE National Agenda and its key performance indicators to realise a 'First-Rate Education System'.
Education in the Federal budget
This focus on education is underpinned by the fact that in October 2016, the UAE Cabinet approved a federal budget of AED 48.7 billion for the year 2017. The education sector, both public and higher, received the maximum allocation of 20.5 per cent which amounts to AED 10.2 billion.
Education 2020 strategy
To implement the government policy, the Ministry of Education (MoE) developed 'Education Strategy 2010-2020' which is formulated according to international best practice, and the leading education systems which make the interest of the student their highest priority.
The strategy comprises of 50 initiatives to be implemented through a 10 year long-term plan aiming to reach a first-class education system after a complete and comprehensive change of teaching methods and the current education system.
Read more about the Ministry of Education Strategy 2010–2020 (PDF,453.25 KB).
Read also the page 'Raising the standard of education'
Updated on 13 May 2018