Dubai teachers will now need a police good conduct certificate

It is part of plans to introduce a teaching 'permit' by 2021

Although it's been phased out for new expats, new teachers will need to get a good conduct certificate from police in the last country they worked in.

Earlier this year, the good conduct programme was suspended by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation just two months after its February introduction.

Anyone wanting to move to Dubai during that time needed the document from their home country in order to gain a work visa.

It involved getting a certificate from the local police force showing the would-be expat's conviction record and was a significant step in coming to the UAE.

It was suspended on April 1 this year, but now teachers have been told they will need to apply for the document before moving to Dubai.

It is part of plans to introduce a teaching "permit" in the emirate by 2021, with other requirements including a job appointment letter and a review of qualifications.

According to Gulf News, Dr Naji Al Mahdi of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said: “Whether a teacher or school leader who wants to work in any school in Dubai, they have to get an approval from the KHDA, and this is for a number of good reasons.

“One is to ensure when a teacher joins a school, they are competent enough to teach their own subject, and they are suitable enough to be in a school.

“We would require things like police reports.”

Teachers will also have to submit a portfolio containing a reflective statement and principal effectiveness report.

To get a license, they will then have to take a subject test and teaching practice test.

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