Latest National Identity Mark inspections find room for improvement

LATEST NATIONAL IDENTITY MARK INSPECTIONS FIND ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (1)
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More private schools in Abu Dhabi have been recognized for their efforts to heighten Emirati students’ deep-rooted understanding of the UAE’s traditions, customs, and values. Following a phased approach of the National Identity Mark inspections conducted by Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), 153 schools have been evaluated; and in totality to date, there are 8 ‘Outstanding’ private schools in National Identity, 33 ‘Good’, 79 ‘Acceptable’. However, with 33 schools rated ‘Weak’, and other private schools yet to be assessed, ADEK revealed schools must do more – despite the initiative beginning to build momentum.

“We strongly encourage all schools, regardless of their intake of Emirati students, to continue developing national identity programs that are integrated into the curricula by engaging the entire school community, including parents, to create an enriched learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, said Dr. Sara Al Suwaidi, Education Quality Assurance and Monitoring Office Director at ADEK. “While we are disappointed that no school has attained an ‘Outstanding’ ranking in this latest phase of assessments, there appears to be renewed determination among schools to continually improve and utilize the framework to continue providing parents with a comprehensive overview of the schools’ national identity effectiveness. Our aim is to empower all parents to make informed decisions when choosing a school that not only excels academically but also enriches their child’s understanding of and connection to Emirati culture and values.”

Six schools evaluated during the first phase of inspections requested to be reassessed, with Yasmina Private School making a qualitative two-rate jump from “Weak” to “Good”, one progressing from “Acceptable” to “Good”, and one progressing from “Weak” to “Acceptable” while 2 schools remained the same.

Coming full circle, further inspections will cover 60 private schools before the end of the academic year.

The National Identity Mark covers three domains: ‘Culture’ including history, heritage, and Arabic language; ‘Values’ including respect, compassion, and global understanding; and ‘Citizenship’ including belonging, volunteering, and conservation.

The National Identity Mark rankings are assessed separately from ADEK’s Irtiqa’a Inspection, which covers the performance standards of Abu Dhabi’s private schools and provides recommendations for improved performance.

To view the full list of the National Identity Mark reports, please visit https://nationalidentity.adek.ae/

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