UAE Launches New Government Entity to Regulate Private Schools in Ras Al Khaimah

Omar Abbas - | Arab

A new government entity will oversee the regulation of private schools in Ras Al Khaimah, as announced on Friday.

Announcement of a New Educational Oversight Entity

The Ministry of Education (MoE) will gradually transfer its oversight responsibilities to the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Knowledge (Rakdok) by the end of the year, according to a statement released by the authority. This transition is part of a phased approach outlined in a memorandum of understanding signed between the MoE and Rakdok to formalize their strategic collaboration.

Rakdok plans to introduce a novel approach aimed at enhancing educational services within the emirate and aligning with international standards. The initiative comes at a pivotal moment of growth and transformation in Ras Al Khaimah's education sector, noted Abdul Rahman Al Naqbi, a member of Rakdok's Board of Directors.

"This partnership with the MoE presents a significant opportunity to elevate educational standards to international benchmarks, catering to diverse student needs, including those with special requirements," Al Naqbi emphasized.

Currently, Ras Al Khaimah hosts 107 public and private schools that offer a variety of educational curricula. The emirate's educational landscape gained global recognition in 2022 when it was designated as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) global network of learning cities.

Rakdok operates through four principal departments, each overseeing distinct facets of educational governance:

  1. Institutional Licensing and Compliance: Responsible for ensuring educational institutions adhere to regulatory standards and licensing requirements.

  2. Operations Management and Customer Relations: Handles day-to-day operational aspects and addresses stakeholder concerns.

  3. Quality Management and Evaluation: Focuses on monitoring and evaluating educational quality across the emirate.

  4. Strategies and Policies: Develops overarching educational strategies and policies to guide long-term educational development.

Institutional licensing and compliance

These departments collaborate closely to establish a cohesive framework that spans all levels of education, aiming to build a robust and comprehensive educational system in Ras Al Khaimah.

Moreover, the introduction of Rakdok marks a significant milestone in Ras Al Khaimah's journey towards enhancing its educational sector. With a clear focus on improving standards and aligning with global educational practices, Rakdok is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of education in the emirate.

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