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Volume :1 Issue : 3 1975      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Auther : Abdul Malik Yusif Al-Hommar

 

This article deals with the quality of education in the Arabian Gulf and the contribution of education to the development of human resources in the area.

Quantitatively, education in the Gulf witnessed a great leap forward in recent years. Increase in enrollment has ranged from 20% - 40% and is advancing rapidly. The number of graduates is also rising, except in the Technical Schools where the rate of increase does not exceed 5%. As for the financial allocations, education averages approximately 20% of most national budgets in the Gulf.

The author, however, looks critically at these figures and raises several questions concerning the quality of education being offered to the students.

A major problem confronting the area, according to Dr. al-Hommar, is the dropout ratio. In the northern coast of the UAE, the ratio is 95%, in Qatar 89% and Bahrain 50%. The author analyzes several social and institutional factors behind this phenomena and points out to the human and material waste resulting from the process.

A second critical issue is the quality of education and type of skills provided by the academic institutions. According to the author, the educational systems in the Gulf provide traditional means of education that do not prepare the students for the modern challenges of society. Graduates of this system are unable to compete effectively with foreigners in the technical and specialized jobs, thus reverting to the purely administrative and supervisory tasks offered to them by the public sector.

Other problems are also discussed and analyzed: over-age at primary school levels, lack qualified technical training, etc….

In conclusion, the author suggests a numbers of proposals to improve the quality of education in the area: definition of educational goals; setting of priorities; teacher’s training; modernization of academic administrations and reliance on research and scientific studies for the continuous improvement of the system.

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