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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:15 am    Post subject: Job cuts at ADEC... Reply with quote

Just as they were about to head out on summer leave, many teachers have suddenly been told that there is no job to return to... replaced with Emiratis.

http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/1-400-teachers-to-lose-their-jobs-by-end-of-year

Also expat hiring has been frozen, and it is not clear which new hires in process will actually end up with a job. Perhaps those with superior credentials... and probably males... as few Emirati males seem interested in teaching.

Interesting that they have finally given in to the idea of having women... Emirati women... teaching grades 1-5.

But more bad new for expat teachers...

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izmigari



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again, this is why I recently was advising someone interested in this type of Gulf employment to get recruited at one of the more reputable US job fairs. Employers there would not be able to pull this kind of carpet from under his feet.

Another promoted Teachaway, Footprints and the like. That pool has either dried up or is in the process of being drained.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:25 am    Post subject: Re: Job cuts at ADEC... Reply with quote

veiledsentiments wrote:
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/1-400-teachers-to-lose-their-jobs-by-end-of-year


But the date is June 26, 2011. I think they have had 5 years to freshen up their teaching pool of National teachers, and it still stinks. Slowly, slowly some of the young Emiratis are showing that they are capable; however, I think that the oil slump and the National Service did more to "kick Ahmed out of bed", and scare the bejessums out of many parents than any government program.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The current news is that many teachers (estimated at about 200... who knows for sure...) have just received notices that their jobs are ending now... and hiring has been frozen.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were a number of schools ADEC froze admissions for because of low performance and probably why these teachers lost their jobs. I am in the UAE and in administration; there is no freeze and definitely teachers aren't being replaced with locals because few locals want to become teachers.

Admission Freeze:
http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/education/parents-hope-admission-freeze-won-t-limit-school-seats-1.1850786

Expat Teachers Needed:
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/education/foreign-teachers-in-big-demand-at-uae-schools

Emirati Teachers Resigning:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/education/emirati-teachers-resigning-due-to-low-motivation-and-pay-fnc-told
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this goes along with the usual in the Gulf, they will ax a large number of expat teachers (mainly from non-western countries)... then they will end up short of teachers... and will hire whatever or whoever they can find at the very last minute - as the students sit waiting in the classroom. (credentials or not... we hire)

Then in a year or two, we go through another round of things like this.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about...

More than 340 teachers dismissed in Abu Dhabi
By Roberta Pennington, The National | June 29, 2016
Source: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/more-than-340-teachers-dismissed-in-abu-dhabi

ABU DHABI // Education chiefs have dismissed more than 340 teachers from state schools in Abu Dhabi.

The schools regulator, Abu Dhabi Education Council, said 272 teachers lost their jobs because their skills no longer fitted the curriculum. They were “made redundant due to changes in the school curriculum as per the New School Model", ADEC said. “They were no longer required to teach in their areas of speciality."

Another 71 teachers were fired for failing to meet performance standards. “These teachers were given ample time to improve their overall performance through teaching standard tools and evaluation tools set by ADEC," it said. “School leaders were clear with those teachers about their overall performance standards throughout the year."

The dismissed teachers made up more than 3 per cent of ADEC’s teaching staff in its 255 schools. They were given two months’ notice of their dismissal, ADEC said. “They were well aware of their termination in advance."

ADEC would not specify which grades or subjects the dismissed teachers taught, and said only that “these are the total number of teachers terminated across different subjects in the emirate of Abu Dhabi". It said they were not limited to teachers who taught in English or Arabic.

The New School Model was introduced into government schools in 2010 as part of an overhaul of Abu Dhabi’s education system. It standardised the curriculum, introduced teachers to give lessons in English for half of the subjects and placed strong emphasis on developing the pupils’ “21st-century skills". The new curriculum began with primary school children and advanced one grade a year.

Last year, as the model was reaching Grade 9, ADEC said the high school curriculum would also be restructured, placing a special focus on promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

The restructuring eliminated the humanities stream and introduced a new curriculum in which Stem made up nearly 50 per cent of the subjects. ADEC said this month, it had hired 548 English-language teachers for the next academic year.

(End of article)
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Gulezar



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:47 am    Post subject: STEM is Steaming Ahead Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
The restructuring eliminated the humanities stream and introduced a new curriculum in which Stem made up nearly 50 per cent of the subjects. ADEC said this month, it had hired 548 English-language teachers for the next academic year.

(End of article)


The moral of the story is that STEM is in demand. Anyone working on a Masters in TESOL now would do well to add a few Math or Science electives, or even get certified to teach BOTH ESL and Maths.
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