DGS is one of the directorates at the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA) which was officially set up in 2008 as an independent body governed and supervised by the Cabinet.
The DGS is responsible for reviewing, monitoring and reporting on students’ achievement and the quality of teaching and learning in government schools according to the best international practices, and provide objective reports on the identified strengths and areas for improvement. The main objective of the DGS is to help government schools to improve, by providing external concise and impartial reviews.
The review process focusses on the students’ standards and achievement, their personal development, the quality of provision, and the leadership and management. DGS also establishes success criteria and spreads best practices.
DGS has completed two cycles of reviewing all government schools. The first cycle took place from September 2008 to January 2011and the second cycle from September 2011 to December 2014. The current cycle, which is the third cycle started in April 2015, by the end of which all government schools in Bahrain would have had three review visits. The Directorate emphasizes in the conduct of all its procedures the principles of professionalism, fairness, integrity, transparency, consistency, credibility and sustainability.
Directorate’s main responsibilities
• Evaluate government schools’ provision and provide reports on their performance
• Identify strengths and areas for improvement
• Spread best practices
• Make recommendations for improvement.