The UAE government is wooing Indian teachers — offering 10 times higher pay than their current

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  • The UAE government has launched a recruitment drive in India to attract talented teachers to work in Emirati government schools.
  • The government is looking to hire 3,000 new teachers to fill vacant positions.
  • The reported salaries of the hired Indian teachers will be Dh16,000 (nearly ₹304,017) per month — 10 times more than the average salary in India.
In a bid to boost its national economy and the development of schools in United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Emirati government has rolled out a recruitment drive to attract teachers from India.

The government is wooing them by offering significantly higher salaries to teach in UAE’s government schools.

The drive is reportedly set to hire for nearly 3,000 vacant positions, attracting a large chunk of candidates to attend its open days in Mumbai and Delhi. It includes assessment of potential candidates via written examinations and interviews.

The reported salaries of the hired Indian teachers will be Dh16,000 (nearly ₹304,017) per month — 10 times more than the average salary in India, the experts noted. The contracts are likely to come into effect from the end of July.

The drive opens in the backdrop of the country’s new visa guidelines extending an ‘expat visa’ for the family members of foreign citizens — including Indians working in UAE, fulfilling the income standards.

However, according to a recruitment firm conducting the drive, while they were able to captivate Indian teachers interested to land a job in Dubai, the challenging part was to convince them regarding the authenticity of the program since it offers tax-free pay packets. Moreover, several lucrative offers have turned out as fraudulent schemes.

“We’re now at the stage that people have been getting the offers after the interviews, and they’ve been very slow in giving their documents, because they’re still thinking it’s too good to be true,” a Dubai based newspaper The National reported citing Roddy Hammond, the founder and CEO of World Teachers Recruitment.

Given that the government schools stand significantly poor, compared to the private institutions in UAE, the move is aimed at nourishing the condition of state-run schools in the country. Traditionally, the salaries of the teachers employed in government schools have been lower than that of Private school teachers. However, the government is taking measures to correct the situation.

While the private institutions have been offering Dh12,500 as the average starting salary, a job as a government teacher in Indian state of Maharashtra will earn over Dh2,585 per month, reported Mumbai Mirror.

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