French and Chinese among choices
Education authorities in Abu Dhabi are planning to make all government schools teach three languages.
Pupils from grade 5 would be given the chance to one of a number of languages, such as French, Chinese and Korean.
Multiple language options are common at private schools but, at present, government school pupils must only learn Arabic and English.
Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) officials yesterday said the plans are still being looked at but that learning more languages would boost the employability of graduates at home and abroad.
Amal Al Tamimi, Division Manager for Policing, Planning and Performance at ADEC, said: “The UAE is doing business with countries such as Chinese, Korea, France and others. For instance, if students learn languages spoken in By Ismail Sebugwaawo those nations, it would create more job opportunities for them in addition to easing trade between nations.”
Al Tamimi was speaking at ADEC’s planning workshop as she briefed reporters about planned reforms.
Other reforms planned for public schools from grade 10 to 12 include introducing subjects like art and design, political science and advanced maths.
Sara Al Suwaidi, ADEC’s Curriculum Division Manager, said the UAE needs more home-grown students of science, technology and engineering. She said: “We want schools to offer a strong education that provides students with the opportunity to explore their potential and talents.”