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Hajar Khamis, Staff Reporter
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Tuesday directed the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) to set two standards for private schools in the emirate regarding the maximum number of students per classroom and the number of classes a week for teachers. In accordance with these standards, the maximum number of students in each classroom must not be over 25 students, while the number of classes should not exceed 24 a week for a teacher.
The announcement was made by Hassan Ya’qoub Al Mansouri, during the “Direct Line” programme, which is broadcast live through Sharjah Radio. He said, “These standards will ease pressure on teachers and will allow students to better benefit from teachers inside classroom. Moreover, teachers will be more focusing as the number of students decreased.”
He continued, “This will help teachers to scrutinise personal skills of each student, re-explain and revise lessons, and scrutinise their homework.”
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His Highness’ directives came during remarks he made via the Direct Line Programme broadcast live on Sharjah Radio. Sheikh Sultan also instructed SPEA to set the number of teaching classes for each teacher to 24 per week, approximately 5 teaching classes per day.
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