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KHDA regulations Dubai

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by sid1913, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. sid1913

    sid1913 New commenter

    I am currently applying for jobs in Dubai. I already work internationally and I've had no responses from the three schools I have applied for and then I read this

    "Due to KHDA regulations, we can only employ individuals with QTS and a degree in the specialist subject that you teach."

    I teach Primary subjects having a PGCE in Primary Education but my BSc (Hons) degree is in Forensic and Criminal Investigation.

    So the question is, is it pointless applying?
  2. mungomango

    mungomango New commenter

    If you are Primary you should be OK as you have the Primary PGCE.
    If you were Secondary you would need the initial degree subject. Although there are ways and means around it.BUT KHDA in Dubai and ADEC in Abu Dhabi are pretty strict I am afraid.
    I don't think it would stop you getting an interview though. It must be something else in your CV.

    *I currently work in Dubai, and have been involved in the recent teacher licensing so I do have recent knowledge!
  3. sid1913

    sid1913 New commenter

    I currently work for a very good school and every school away from Dubai have been back in contact with me. I blame the freeloading travelling spouse and child. Thanks for clarifying
  4. tyler durden

    tyler durden New commenter

    Times are tough for schools in Dubai at the moment, so it may well be the cost of a spouse and child make you a very expensive option.

    It sucks but it's how things are unfortunately.
  5. Morena123

    Morena123 New commenter

    Mungo, as you have current knowledge I hope you don't mind me asking...

    I teach English but my first degree is Classics (not entirely unrelated, but I'm sure not in line with UAE gov requirements!). My PGCE doesn't specify a subject, it just says 'secondary education'. I am now studying for an English degree on the side.

    In the future, if requirements stay as they are now, would a general secondary PGCE and an English degree studied AFTER this get me through the hoops, or is that very wishful thinking?

    Also - does it make a difference if you're applying for senior positions, where it is more about leadership and less about subject/classroom anyway? E.g. deputy headships/pastoral leader positions? I was once in touch with a school out there and they said that it can be possible to get round these issues by hiring a teacher as, for example, a boarding co-ordinator, and the fact that person will also teach is sort of by the by.

    I'd be grateful for your insight!
  6. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    I have a degree in the subject I teach so it wasn't an issue but here's my experience (in Abu Dhabi). It only poses a problem for gaining equivalency. I did need to my qualifications notarised and apostilled etc. But there were no checks beyondbtheir legitimacy before I got my visa.

    I got the equivalency done a few years after I arrived when it suddenly became a bigger issue - and we were told at the time that any teacher whondid not get equivalency would be released at the end of the year.

    My colleague does not have a formal teaching qualification, no QTS and their degree and masters are both in a subject different to the one they are teaching. Their equivalency was a struggle as but it hasn't been a real problem.

    I would suggest that it shouldn't let anyone off applying, I think most schools will be upfront and tell you if you can't get a visa, but certainly some schools can smooth over any difficulties via their PRO. I've know people working here in a dirrdiffe school who had much more serious issues than a non matching degree and the PRO sorted it out - even though it took a couple of weeks.

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