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Supreme Council for Development of Education and Training meeting

October 14, 2021
finance & economy

Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa has commended the endeavors in education and training in recognition of their essential role in achieving Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and goals to be an educational and training hub.

The government, headed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, spares no effort in following up on the implementation of all projects, initiatives and programs that will develop education and training and continue investing in Bahraini competencies, he added.

HH Shaikh Mohammed was chairing the 46th meeting of the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training.

The Council reviewed the latest developments in the implementation of the education and training programs listed on the unified framework of government priorities, noting that 60% of them have been achieved and that two major goals in infrastructure development and e-learning have been completed.

The Council reviewed the latest developments in the restructure of the Ministry of Education that includes 17 initiatives to improve the Ministry’s operations and education outputs and the meeting was told that the achievement rate has reached 83%.

The Council discussed the proposal for the national curriculum and national standards that harmonize the educational process and teaching with the requirements of the labor market and make it periodically consistent with the changes in the required job skills.

The Council reviewed the draft of the 2021 report of the Education and Training Quality Authority, and the proposal for a review date for the authority to obtain recognition from the World Federation for Medical Education.

It also discussed the results of the review of three academic programs in higher education institutions and decisions to include national qualifications in the National Qualifications Framework.

HH Shaikh Mohammed and the Council congratulated Dr. Jawaher Shaheen Al Mudhahki on her appointment by HM the King and commended her efforts during her presidency of the Education and Training Quality Authority and the role of the authority in developing education and training.

The Council also thanked Prof. Dr. Riyadh Hamza for his efforts during his presidency of the University of Bahrain and the success it achieved during his term, wishing him success.

Higher Education Council Secretary-General Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa Al Khalifa presented proposals to review higher education policies and legislation to expand its scope and present options to individuals to move between academic, technical and applied streams and the labor market, expanding lifelong learning and employability.

Dr. Shaikha Rana also presented a proposal to establish a national portal for admission to higher education institutions that would develop mechanisms to boost efficiency and effectiveness, standardize procedures, reduce costs for students in the short term, and align the financing of the higher education sector with the national strategy and long-term labor market needs. She also put forward a detailed proposal for the implementation and timeframe for the proposed initiatives.

Dean of the Bahrain Teachers College Dr. Ted Purinton updated the Council on the implementation of the plan for the expansion of the Bahrain Teachers College to achieve the government goals to enable it to meet 80% of the Ministry of Education’s needs of teachers by 2030.

Purinton also briefed the Council on the preparations by the college for the new academic year and noted that a large number of the activities and programs of the current executive plan have been completed.