KHDA Test: Tokens of Advice

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Note: This Page is created on Friday, 4th December 2015/22 Safar 1437, with an intention to serve those who want to appear for the KHDA’s Islamic Education Test as well as for those who want to enhance their teaching-learning skills in Islamic Studies in the UAE.

I am grateful to Sr. Sana’a for taking time to pen down her observations and experiences as a teacher and mentor of Islamic Studies.

Update 14th Dec. 2015: Please scroll below to read the news shared by Mrs. Farhana Erum.

Tokens of Advice

Dear Readers and Teachers,
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.
If you are looking out on how to improve or upgrade your teaching skills in the Islamic Education or if you are new to this field and you desire to fulfill the need of excelling in KHDA assessment, then you are on the right page . 

InshaAllaah you will come across some guidelines that will highlight the best practices the KHDA is looking forward across schools in U.A.E.

The schools across the country are trying to meet the expected requirements of the KHDA Bureau since expo 2020 in order to improve the system in education sector. Long term meetings, inspections around schools in Dubai and other Emirates is conducted yearly to ensure that good teaching and learning is evident in other subjects followed by Arabic and Islamic Education lessons. 

Apart from this , all prospective teachers are expected to pass a set of rigorous tests and interviews designed by the KHDA to analyse the teacher’s subject knowledge, understanding of teaching methods and practical lesson planning skills, as a result entitling them to attain teacher’s license, likewise specialized doctors need to pass MOH exam in order to attain license to practice. 

The conclusion gathered from the yearly inspection regarding inculcating Islamic and Arabic lessons can be summarised as follows:

– Bring forth real-life learning approach among the students.
– Teachers need to possess ample knowledge about the Islamic culture, history and language .
– Highlight and preserve the local heritage. 
– Teachers must qualify in tajweed skills , recitation and memorisation to avoid any fault in pronunciation. 
– Strong subject knowledge: students ask questions that go beyond the theme line, then books in the libraries are teachers best friends.  Keep a list of important book sources for recommendation. This will inculcate reading skills.
– Link the subject with the history of the worlds- cross curriculum to ensure a balance of topics across year groups .
– For those teachers who teach secondary classes: emphasize on research projects which also raise the level of challenge.
– Create awareness on Islamic culture and living in the UAE (nationalization and Islamization)
– Creativity and Imaginary skills – Promote the lost art of calligraphy that will redefine and give life to it again. Give a task to create a logo for school using Arabic text, adding a meaning to it.
– Differentiation and opportunities for SEN students – devise a simple plan in accordance with their IEP (Individual Education Plan)
– Inculcate stories of Prophets and understanding of women’s rights within different religion and in grasping the importance placed by Islamic teaching on mercy and care for all the creatures. 
– Map out the students experiences of Islam and assess the understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures.
These tokens of sincere advice, naseehah, will help you focus on some essential areas and guide you build the foundation and fulfill the criteria of KHDA’s policies and expectations.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “Religion is Naseehah (sincerity)”. The companion asked ” To whom?” He (Peace be upon him) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folks.”
Here you are free to give your feedback and suggestions and share your experiences or ask questions, InshaaAllah. 
 
JazaakumAllahu Khayr
 
Sana’a K. Huseyn
Advisor and Teacher

Teacher Farhana Erum shares the following info:

1. KHDA has earmarked the months of November, March and May of May, September and December for Written Test on Islamic Education for the teachers of Islamic Studies.
You can take up the test in either of the three months but once you clear the written test, you will have to appear for the Oral Test which includes a few oral questions and the recitation of the Qur’an according to Tajweed.
There is no limit for the candidate. He or she has the option to re-appear for the written test should he/she fail in the first or second attempt.
2. Candidate appearing for KHDA is expected to know the following:
He/She should be able to recite the Qur’an with tarteel and tajweed.
  • Study the suwar  in the books prescribed by U.A.E  1-12, Translation and Explanation
  • The Qu’ran , the Hadith and other Sources of Islamic LawThe Life, Teaching and Achievements of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
  • The Qu’ran: History of compilation
  • The Kalimah and the Duties of the Believer
  • The Rightly-Guided Caliphs
  • The Wives and Children of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
  • The Companions, Emigrants and Helpers.
  • Statements of Belief and Principles of Religion Kalimah/ Arkanul Islam, Arkanul Imaan
  • Belief in and the concept of Day of Judgement
  • Belief in Prophethood and the finality of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
  • Practical Aspects of the Religious Teaching
  • Ethical Teaching

Thank you.

Note: If any teacher wishes to share his/her KHDA experience with others, he/she is welcome to do so.

You can find loads of information here given by Sr. Shama

KHDA website

31 thoughts on “KHDA Test: Tokens of Advice

  1. Assalamu alaykum

    Are there any guidelines as to what needs to be included in the Islamic Department files that the inspectors will need to evaluate the school.

    • Wa Alaikumus salam Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.
      Subhanallah, this morning I was thinking of your respected dad and now I got your comment.
      Wanted to contact you to fix a meeting with Janab M A Aziz sahib InshaaAllah.
      Dear sister, when we had ADEC Inspection we were told to keep certain things in the file, and out of my own discretion added certain other things:
      1. Event/Academic Calendar
      2. School’s Vision and Mission
      3. HOD’s Job Description (In HOD’s file – if given by school)
      4. List of Department Members (HOD file)
      5. Time Table: Self and Department Members (HOD file)
      6. ACTION PLAN
      7. Ministry Curriculum
      8. Curriculum Overview, for all grades
      9. Record of Departmental Activities
      10. Department Meetings and Minutes
      11. Lesson Plans
      12. Worksheets
      13. Classroom Observation Record
      14. Students’ Progress Over Time
      15. Note Book/Workbook Checking Record
      16. PTM Record
      17. Parent-Teacher Communication Record (in case of LA and any indiscipline/misconduct)
      18. List of Student Participation/Achievement in Inter/Intra School Activities
      19. Miscellaneous Record

      If you have made Hifdh Portion, keep that as well.

  2. I need all use full requirement for kindergarten.Syllabus, activities,method and requirements for the teachers

  3. Assalamu Alaikum
    Could you please help me ? I have KHDA test and I am teaching non Arab , What are the topics you advice me to study related to educational questions.
    And could any one send me a sample for lesson plan and a worksheet including high level students, low level students and SEN please?
    Jazakum Allah khayran
    pleaaaaase I am confused

    or if there is any institute which give private classes for us as teacher to help us doing perfect lesson plans and worksheets

  4. Asalamu alaykum
    Could you please answer on my question? Must I have Islamic degree if I want to apply for the KHDA assessment as Islamic teacher for Non-Arab ?

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      Tell your school to apply for you.
      Islamic or Arabic degree is required.
      They consider the case if you do well in the KHDA test.
      Hope you are satisfied with the reply.
      Baarakallaahu feekum.

  5. Assalamu Alaikum, Jazakallah for the detailed info. However, the written exam was conducted in April 2016 instead of May. I dont know whether this is temporary arrangement or permanent change in exam schedule.

    Alhamdu lillah. I have passed the written exam in second attempt and looking forward for the interview.

    I have two questions.

    1. Apart from reciting the Quran with tajweed and tartheel in interview exam, will they ask the same kind of questions from the syllabus of written exam?.

    2. Will they ask to conduct a demo class infront of them?

    Expecting your valuable reply. Thanks in advance. Jazakallah

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.
      Alhamdulillah.
      1. Not necessarily the same type of questions. Questions related to Aqeedah and the moderate approach of Islam are also asked.
      2. No. They can judge from the way the one answers to their questions, and conducts oneself in the interview.
      Baarakallaahu Feekum.

  6. assalamwalyum plz can u tell me where do I give my exam….I want to be an Islamic teacher….is b.ed important for an Islamic teacher.

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah
      It should be through the school the candidate works at.
      B.Ed. is not necessary but will be an added advantage.

  7. Salam w alikum
    Brother mirci mustufa you cleared your exam. Congratulation. Will you please help others to share the questions you got it in the exam.
    Jazakallah khair

  8. aslam o alikum
    I want to ask is it necessary to have a master degree to be an Islamic teacher for non Arabs or having Islamic as a subject in graduation is also enough
    thanks

  9. Assalam alaikum mashallah u all r v helpful.
    i want to ask is it necessary to attempt test .i mean even approved teachers.n really in sharjah i did not hear yyyy my school did not inform us to prepare for that . Alhumdulillah here always i get all information.

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      No, for Sharjah teachers this KHDA test is not necessary. It is only for Dubai schools.
      Jazakillaahu Khayra for your appreciation.
      It’s all by grace and blessings of Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala.

  10. Asslamualikum brother thanks for the wonderful and marvelous information it is really helpful for islamic teacher i am a teacher in Abu Dhabi school and recently got approval from ADEC as an islamic teacher AlhumdulilAllah. i have not only masters degree in islamic studies also have B.ed in islamic studies.

    i need some samples of lesson plans and worksheets for primary sections and resources too

  11. Salam 3laikum! can anyone please tell me about the resources from where I can study for the KHDA Islamic exam It would be great help! JazakAllah!

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa Rahmatullah
      How are you, Sister?
      Welcome here after a long time.
      About resources, whatever you see in the Page above thats all we have.
      If more teachers share their experiences, it would be helpful to others InshaaAllah.
      May Allah ease your way.

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