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More Than 400 Expat, Emirati Teachers End Their Service in the UAE

Resignations of 425 teachers and administrative staff have been approved by the UAE Ministry of Education

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4 July 2019

Last updated on 8 July 2019
Over 400 Expat, Emirati Teachers Ends Their Service in the UAE

Authorities said the teacher turnover rate is fewer compared to previous years.

The UAE Ministry of Education said on Twitter that the list of 425 resignation requests was approved. However, the teachers' and administrative staff's end-of-service will only be applied after the scholastic year finishes so as to maintain the students' studies. This will allow schools to continue the pupils' education with fewer to no disruptions.

The tweet was posted after the list of teachers began circulating online. On the list, there were 177 expat teachers and 248 Emirati teachers who submitted their resignation.

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In the last three years alone, more than 1,000 public school teachers quit their positions, raising the issue of increasingly downbeat and overworked teachers who look forward to retirement early.

The Ministry of Education stated: "Ending their service is according to their wishes, and it is not a unilateral action from the ministry.

Challenges facing the teaching sector

Teacher turnovers are an ongoing challenge for both the public and private education sectors in the UAE.

Education professionals believe that the constant change of teachers can affect students, causing pupils to lose their confidence in themselves. Good and effective teachers are capable of dramatically transforming children to perform their best, guided through a healthy and strong bond built over time. Think back to your favorite teacher, the one who helped spark your creativity, inspired you to be better, and accelerate the development of your identity.

Think back to when they had to leave the school, and how it broke the learning environment you loved.

Without better remuneration, support in managing workloads, and recognition of educators' hard work, there is the growing number of teachers who have to leave to protect their wellbeing and mental health.

Shweta Singh, Human Resources assistant manager at ASPAM Indian International School, told Khaleej Times: "However, if schools can create a culture of positivity and change management as a priority and communicate it to the students, nurture resilience in them and the grit to move on with their set goals and targets, it will help them accept the change and look forward to school life."