3 LAN­GUAGES

French and Chi­nese among choices

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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.”

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