Education is the right of every child: Mohammed
Education is the right of every child in the UAE and its dissemination and development is a national developmental priority, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, affirmed at a Cabinet meeting on Sunday.
This, Shaikh Mohammed said, is a universal human principle and a basic universal human right.
The meeting, held at Zayed Corner of the UAE University library in Al Ain, approved a federal draft law on compulsory education which replaces the current law.
Amendments will be introduced in terms of compulsory educational levels, age of compulsory learning, and mechanisms for enforcing the legislation and appropriate penalties.
“Our gathering today at one of the country’s prominent educational institutions is a fitting occasion to approve promulgation of such a law, which guarantees right and access of all children to proper education, preparing them for life, and qualifying them to contribute to their community, cultivate their morals and hone their mental ability and talents,” Shaikh Mohammed said.
Under the new bill, education is the right of every citizen and the State undertakes to provide it free of cost in government schools and institutions to those who have completed six years up to the end of education or until the age of 18, whichever comes first.
The previous law made education mandatory at the elementary level only.
The law compels the guardian to continuously follow up his child’s learning path in consistence with calendars set by the Ministry of Education. Otherwise, he will face a fine of Dh10,000. If he fails to abide by this law, he will face a court of law.
During the session, the Cabinet also approved issuance of a federal draft law on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
The bill aims at guaranteeing food security through the conservation, exchange and sustainable use of the plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, as well as the fair and equitable sharing of benefit arising from its use.
It will also classify and document plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in the UAE so as to achieve sustainable use towards food security.
The new law prohibits transportation of any plant genetic material abroad without a valid permission.
The Cabinet also agreed to establish an embassy in Guinea as part of the UAE’s keenness to boost relations of cooperation and friendship with the African country.
Air Service Agreements the UAE signed with Finland and Comoros were also approved.