The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has outlined new plans to boost the standard of private education in the emirate.
According to the education body's own figures, some 177,700 children are currently educated in private schools in Abu Dhabi, among them many children of expat professionals working there.
This compares to the 126,000 children currently being taught at public schools, with the important role played by the private education sector prompting the ADEC to look to take action to ensure that all institutions are of equal quality.
Specifically, the draft regulations focus on issues such as curriculums,
admission and registration standards and how schools cater for special needs children.
"The regulations include the fundamental elements of private education such as the eligibility of education to all students, child protection and student security and safety, code of professional ethics, and effective and efficient school leadership," Yousif Al Sheryani, executive director of private schools at the ADEC explained to the Khaleej Times.
Meanwhile, the provost of Zayed University in Abu Dhabi has said he would like President Obama to be the guest of honour at the institution's upcoming opening ceremony.
Posted by Neil King