‘Hap­pi­ness? Make teach­ers happy, change in­spec­tion process and let us teach’

7 Days in Dubai - - CLASSIFIEDS -

I love Dubai. There are so many things I love about this vi­brant city and so af­ter the ap­point­ment of a Min­is­ter of Hap­pi­ness, I thought this is ex­actly what the world needs. So here’s my plea to the Min­is­ter of Hap­pi­ness: Teach­ers in UAE would be truly happy and eter­nally grate­ful if schools were given an op­por­tu­nity to breathe, re­flect and put their three-year plan into ac­tion with­out con­stantly run­ning the dog and pony show that has be­come the in­spec­tion process. It seems that ev­ery year the noose gets tighter and tighter. Man­age­ment and lead­er­ship across the city’s schools - es­pe­cially the ‘Out­stand­ing’ ones - put ridicu­lous amounts of pres­sure on teach­ers. It just seems like such a waste! Teach­ing was once a joy­ous and re­ward­ing pro­fes­sion. The chil­dren mat­tered. Not what they scored on TIMMS or PIRLS or PISA. Please don’t re­duce the en­tire pro­fes­sion down to data and num­bers. Teach­ers should not have to sub­mit seat­ing plans for ev­ery les­son they teach or pro­vide end­less files of data to con­vince that they are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Re­think the cur­rent in­spec­tion/qual­ity con­trol process. Come up with a bet­ter one. Last I checked, Prophet Muham­mad (Peace Be Upon Him) said, and I quote: “Make things easy for peo­ple and do not make things dif­fi­cult.” Shouldn’t we be fol­low­ing this? De­pressed and Ex­hausted, Dubai

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