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 Academic achievement, Personal development and social responsibility, Teaching, learning and assessment, Empowerment and meeting special needs, and Leadership, management and governance. DGS also establishes success criteria and spreads best practices.
DGS has completed three cycles of reviewing all government schools. The first cycle took place from September 2008 to January 2011, the second cycle took place from September 2011 to December 2014 and the third cycle from April 20015 to December 2018. The current cycle, which is the forth cycle started in February 2019. The Directorate emphasizes in the conduct of all its procedures the principles of professionalism, fairness, integrity, transparency, consistency, credibility and sustainability.