Bahrain education to be revamped
Manama, February 21, 2013
Dramatic changes are expected in Bahrain's education system in the next three years, according to the National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training (NAQQAET) chairman Abdulaziz Al Fadhel.
He was speaking as more than 400 delegates gathered in Bahrain for a second conference organised by the authority, which started yesterday and continues today at the Gulf Hotel, our sister newspaper, the Gulf Daily News reported.
"We are looking to make sure graduates from both schools and universities are up to the international standard," he told the GDN on the sidelines of the event.
"We are working on it by following lessons learnt in the West and the East to bring up the local standard, but it takes time."
The conference is being held under the patronage of Bahrain's Educational Reform chairman and Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, who attended along with Deputy Premiers Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and Jawad Al Arrayed.
NAQQAET was launched four years ago under a decree issued by HM King Hamad and conducts independent assessments of all education institutions.
"Part of what we are aiming to do here is to speed up the culture of quality assurance," said NAQQAET chief executive Dr Jawaher Al Mudhahki.
"Quality assurance is related to the academic standard, the learning outcomes, the infrastructure of the institute, the safety standards, the personal development of students and many other things and that is what we focus on.”
"We actually give workshops to the institutes to teach them how to self-evaluate. So what happens is an institute will evaluate itself and they will give us a report.”
"What we do is go as a team to see this report and check that all that is written is true and we will test the report and give a rating."
The organisation gives three different rating levels: confidence, no confidence and limited confidence - with at least four receiving no confidence reports.
Dr Al Mudhahki added that an increase in young populations made education more important than ever.
"We have such an increase in the number of students and with the increased numbers it has reduced the standard for quality education, not only nationally but also internationally," she explained.
"We have an expert in international standards here and she even said that 20 years ago, no-one would doubt you knew your field if you were a graduate.”
"Now everybody pays attention to which university you graduated from.”
"It isn't right that you have to be asked which university you go to in order to determine if you are competent." – TradeArabia News Service