The Ministry of Education was established around 1970 as His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan declared education among the priorities of progress. With the goal of having an educational system that harmonises with the best universal educational standards, the MOE has the responsibility of supervising education at a national level. More specifically, it plans, executes, and supervises all the schools in the country. The Ministry of Education has adopted 'Education 2020', an educational development strategy based on 5-year plans. As part of this strategy, the government introduced new programmes in mathematics and science in 2004 onwards.