Dubai's education regulator, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), has published a new guide for schools in the emirate.
The guide, “The Gift of Good Governance” is for school governing boards to engage better with the community.
Most private schools in Dubai have a governing board that is independent from school employees, which advises on the the direction for the school.
The 42-page guide shares best practices and examples from private schools in Dubai. The guide also showed how residents from different walks of life volunteer to be on the board of schools. The guide says:
“A school governing board acts as a critical friend to the school, challenging the status quo and setting expectations. Effective school boards develop and implement policies and practices that suit their specific operating context.”
Some of the recommended practices and responsibilities for the board to follow are:
- To hire and fire the school principal
- The right to ask for information from the school leadership and management team
- To define values, mission and vision of the school
- To understand that they have an obligation to the school and the community
- Hold the management team of the school accountable for school’s performance
- Ensure that the school complies with the laws
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and director-general of KHDA said:
"Governance plays a key role in schools and our research shows that the best governors have regular interaction with their school community. This guide is an effort to showcase the positive experiences that can shape the future of our schools.”
For the complete guide, click on the hyperlink and download the Gift of Good Governance as a PDF.