ABU DHABI: The Federal National Council today held its 4th session of the 15th legislative chapter under the chairmanship of its Speaker, Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr.
Present during the session were Minister of Environment & Water Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad and Minister of Education Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi.
The FNC members called for restructuring the existing rating system for the teaching staff to ensure that it includes financial and material incentives equal to those implemented in other government organisations, as well as additional incentives for outstanding teachers. They also urged the authorities to allow early retirement for female teachers, especially mothers who have children below 10 years of age.
In his speech, Al Murr said President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan constituted a clear roadmap for the next phase in all fields on the national day.
Al Murr wished success to the 35th GCC summit, opening today in Doha.
The Council reviewed a letter from Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs & Minister of Federal National Council Affairs, about coordinating the upcoming FNC sessions and attendance of the government representatives to answer members’ questions.
The Minister of Environment & Water was asked a question about the reasons behind a ministerial resolution prohibiting fishermen from using deck winches. The minister answered by saying that over the past decades, the number of fishermen had risen to 25,000, leading to a depletion of fishstock and negatively impacting the environment.
A question posed to the Minister of Health on the sanitisation procedures at the hospitals’ intensive care units was deferred to the next session.
The Education Minister replied to a member’s question on the ministry’s strategy for nurturing talented students by saying that in line with the country’s drive to promote innovation, the ministry was studying programmes for identifying and enhancing the capabilities of the achieving students in cooperation with the national and international universities.