Teach­ers are ar­riv­ing - but how long will they stay in the UAE?

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT -

duca­tion is one of the big­gest in­dus­tries in the UAE with 15 new schools sched­uled to open in Dubai alone in time for the new aca­demic year.

How­ever, a 2015 re­port by in­ter­na­tional think tank OECD sug­gested that even though more schools are launch­ing in the coun­try, many con­tinue to strug­gle with a high turnover rate of teach­ers.

Some of the new schools in­clude the Sun­marke School by Fortes Ed­u­ca­tion in Jumeirah Vil­lage Tri­an­gle ( JVT), the GEMS Her­itage In­dian School in Al Bar­sha and the Ar­ca­dia Prepara­tory School also in JVT.

San­jay Mankani, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Fortes Ed­u­ca­tion and Di­rec­tor of Fortes Hold­ings, be­lieves that even though teach­ers abroad are very in­ter­ested in work­ing in Dubai, the high turnover is be­cause of the ‘mind­set’ of teach­ers want­ing ‘dif­fer­ent kinds of ex­pe­ri­ences’.

Mankani said: “There’s a lot of in­ter­est from teach­ers look­ing to work in the UAE, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of its strate­gic lo­ca­tion and it of­fers a cer­tain life­style.”

Mankani said that teach­ers with a bach­e­lors de­gree of­ten get jobs in Dubai with a salary pack­age of be­tween Dhs20,000 to Dhs30,000, in­clud­ing hous­ing, med­i­cal in­surance and flight tick­ets.

“Dubai would at­tract teach­ers from abroad be­cause it of­fers the life­style and bud­get they are look­ing for,” he said. “A lot of teach­ers stay for three or four years and move on to their next des­ti­na­tion and a lot of them are sin­gle. But the ones who get mar­ried stay.”

Ir­ish­man Gar­rett Thomp­son (right) runs a teacher re­cruit­ment com­pany, Teach and Ex­plore, and is send­ing 150 new teach­ers to the UAE next month.

“It’s the abil­ity to save and even spend a wage,” he said.

He said the av­er­age salary for a young teacher in Ire­land is Dhs10,041 per month com­pared with a pack­age of Dhs12,552 in Dubai that is free of in­come tax and in­cludes free hous­ing, free health­care and free ed­u­ca­tion for their chil­dren.

Gemma Healy (pic­tured left), 32, from County Lim­er­ick, Ire­land, is start­ing work in Abu Dhabi in Septem­ber. “I am tak­ing a ca­reer break,” she said. “I’m tak­ing it one year at a time, if I want I can ap­ply to ex­tend it by a year at a time.” He­lene McGlone Carter, 38, is orig­i­nally from County Fer­managh in North­ern Ire­land but has been teach­ing in Liver­pool, UK for 11 years. “I am go­ing to Dubai so I can live my life, over here there is no work-life bal­ance,” she said. “There’s a cul­ture of ‘it’s your job to get my child a qual­i­fi­ca­tion’, I can cer­tainly give them the tools but they have to open the door them­selves.” McGlone Carter said she is look­ing for­ward to teach­ing in GEMS First Point. “The par­ents came here to im­prove their lives,” she said. “The chil­dren will be the same, want­ing to do well.”

IN­FLUX: The UAE wel­comes high num­ber of new teach­ers each year

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