UAE launches work permit for private tutors

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The UAE has launched a private tutor permit for those offering lessons outside the school or college, in a move to curb "illegal practices" and "regulate the sector".

The Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) said the "private teacher work permit" will protect the rights of teachers, and ensure students receive quality education.

Teachers from public and private schools, government and private sector employees, unemployed individuals, students aged between 15 and 18, and university students can apply for the permit free of charge through MoHRE's smart app, website and e-services system.

It will enable them to offer private lessons for students, individually or in groups, and generate income, provided they sign a "code of conduct" document approved by the Ministry.

Dr. Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al-Mualla, Undersecretary for Academic Affairs of the Ministry of Education, said the two-year permit "aims to ensure the stability of the educational system and provide flexible options for students and parents that meet their needs and aspirations, while maintaining discipline, quality, and efficiency in the educational process".

Khalil Al Khoori, Undersecretary for Human Resources Affairs at MoHRE, urged the public only to hire those "authorised" to offer such lessons.

Those caught offering private lessons without a permit will be subject to fines and penalties according to the UAE Federal law.

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