School and Education in United Arab Emirates


Prior to 1953, there were only traditional Quran schools (Kuttab). This year, the first school of the Western type was established. Officially, schooling is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 18. Schooling is free for those who have citizenship, parents are even paid to send their children to school. Nevertheless, not all students complete the education.

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After a two-year preschool from the age of 4, six-year primary school (6-12 years) and a three-year continuing school (12-15 years), which has three lines, one general, one religious and one vocational preparation, follow. This is followed by a three-year high school with the same lines.

The number of students increased explosively from the beginning of the 1960s, and to the same extent illiteracy has decreased. In 2005, the general reading and writing skills among adults was 90%. Young people have a higher degree of literacy and fewer women than men today are illiterate.

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In 1977, a university was opened in al-Ayn, with four faculties (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and legal). A few years later, the Faculty of Medicine and Technology was added. More than half of the university students are women, since the sons are more likely to study abroad.

The education system has expanded significantly in recent years. In 2012, there were twelve university/university branches in Abu Dhabi, nineteen in Dubai, five in Sharja, three in Ras al-Khamya and two in Ajman.

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