Dubai government considers CD textbook

Dubai’s Ministry of Education (MoE) is examining the feasibility of a CD replacement for school textbooks. There are hopes the system will be cheaper to update, more flexible and easier for students to manage...

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  October 12, 2003

Dubai’s Ministry of Education (MoE) is examining the feasibility of a CD replacement for school textbooks. There are hopes the system will be cheaper to update, more flexible and easier for students to manage than traditional books.

“Today, 12 textbooks are printed for two semesters during the academic year, six books each for the two semesters,” says Dr Ayoub Badri, director of the Dubai Educational Zone. “This problem [of heavy schoolbags] is supposed to be one of the remains of the past, and its continuity simply means there is a defect in our educational institutions, in preparing the curricula as well as the allotment of periods in a week,” he adds.

Badri says the books are expensive to update as they must be re-printed. They are also less flexible and interactive than a CD-based educational aid, which would be combined with a software solution.

The MoE is examining the feasibility of loading the subject onto a CD in a way that enabled the student to interact by inserting the answers, while also being updated continuously.

The software system, when applied, would enable students to access the ministry web sites, the curricula development centre and take a printout of any textbook on any subject they wish.

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