- Introduction of a UAE new work permit for tutors that allowing teachers to offer private lessons outside educational institutions.
- Potential conflicts of interest between teachers’ private coaching and their roles within schools discussed.
- Concerns raised by head teachers emphasizing the need for guidelines to prevent conflicts and ensure fairness.
- Suggestions to restrict private tutoring to secondary-level classes and beyond for students requiring additional support.
- Insights from educators on maintaining professionalism, fairness, and ethical boundaries in private coaching.
UAE New Work Permit for Tutors
The recent UAE legalization about new work permit for tutors, allowing teachers to offer lessons outside educational institutions, has sparked concerns among school administrators. Senior leadership in schools is wary of potential conflicts of interest if teachers privately coach their own students.
Objectivity and Fairness
Tasneem Usman, Head of Secondary, Pristine Private Schools says, Educators highlight the necessity of maintaining fairness and transparency in assessments while acknowledging the unique insights teachers possess into their students’ needs. However, concerns arise regarding objectivity and fairness in evaluative situations when teachers also act as private tutors for their pupils.
Conflict of Interest
Assistant Head Teacher at Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai, Sajida Al Bashir, said,
“I have some strong feelings about private tuition. If done, it should be done and designed well.”
According to head teachers, coaching students privately should be limited to secondary-level classes and beyond, especially for exam preparation. They emphasize the need for clear guidelines and policies to avoid conflicts of interest and ensure professionalism while acknowledging the potential necessity for additional income avenues for teachers.
The Principal of JSS International School Dubai, Lata Nakra, said, While we would not be very strict about teachers creating a means for an additional income. While exceptions may be considered for students with extraordinary learning difficulties, administrators generally discourage teachers from coaching their own students or students from the same school to maintain fairness and ethical standards in education.