65% of UAE private school students attending universities abroad have to sit a foundation year

65% of UAE private school students attending universities abroad have to sit a foundation year
65% of UAE private school students attending universities abroad have to sit a foundation year
Published: 7 September 2017 - 8:10 a.m.
By: Staff Writer
Private schools in the UAE will be subject to greater scrutiny by the Ministry of Education to ensure British and American school students' English language, maths, and science skills make them university-ready.

Speaking to The National, UAE Minister of Education Hussain Al Hammadi said: "We want to ensure that the core subjects taught at all private schools, such as American, British and Australian, are aligned with our standards," adding that there was a concern about the number of students having to sit a foundation year at university to improve their English.

According to Al Hammadi, 65% of students attending universities abroad take a foundation year, which increases the cost of education and extends the duration of the degree to at least five years.

"When a pupil finishes high school, we want to make sure that he or she has all the capabilities that would allow them to directly go to university without the need for additional courses," he said.

Earlier this week the Ministry of Education and ADEC announced plans to unify education across all public schools under the new Emirati School Model.


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