A good sign for schools in Dubai

High­est ever in­crease to the top tier

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Sar­wat Nasir @Sar­watNasir

More than half of the pri­vate schools in Dubai are now ranked ‘good’ or above, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est round of in­spec­tions by the ed­u­ca­tion reg­u­la­tor. Re­leas­ing the 2015-2016 Dubai pri­vate schools in­spec­tion re­port, Dr Ab­dulla Al Karam, Chair­man of the Board of Direc­tors and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Knowl­edge and Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (KHDA), said that there has been an eight per cent growth in schools im­prov­ing from ‘good’ to ‘very good’ and ‘out­stand­ing’ - the big­gest in­crease in school im­prove­ment rat­ings since 2011. Out of the 149 schools in­spected, 16 schools were rated as out­stand­ing, 13 very good, 57 good, 56 ac­cept­able and seven were rated weak. The in­spec­tion re­sults fol­low a Fe­bru­ary an­nounce­ment by the KHDA that schools rated as ‘good’ and above can charge 6.42 per cent more for tu­ition fees for the 2016-2017 aca­demic year.

M ore than half of Dubai stu­dents that are en­rolled in pri­vate schools are be­ing ed­u­cated in schools that have been rated as good or of higher qual­ity by the Knowl­edge and Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (KHDA).

The au­thor­ity re­leased its 2015-2016 pri­vate school in­spec­tion re­port to­day, which stated that 61 per cent of stu­dents are en­rolled in schools that ranked good, very good or out­stand­ing, com­pared with 30 per cent in 2008-2009.

Out of the 149 schools in­spected in the lat­est round of school in­spec­tions, 16 schools were rated as out­stand­ing, 13 very good, 57 good, 56 ac­cept­able and seven were rated weak.

Dr Ab­dulla Al Karam, Chair­man of the Board of Direc­tors and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the KHDA, said: “More than 20,000 stu­dents are study­ing in bet­ter qual­ity schools com­pared with last year and this is a very sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in Dubai’s pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion land­scape.

“School in­spec­tions have pro­vided schools with a cred­i­ble tool to mon­i­tor their progress and con­tinue to im­prove ed­u­ca­tional out­comes.”

Out of the 28 schools that recorded an im­prove­ment in rat­ings, three moved from good to out­stand­ing, 12 from good to very good, 10 from ac­cept­able to good and three schools from weak to ac­cept­able.

Back in Fe­bru­ary, it was an­nounced that schools ranked good and above by the KHDA in­spec­tors are al­lowed to charge 6.42 per cent more for tu­ition fees for the 2016-2017 aca­demic year.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Cost In­dex, which is cal­cu­lated based on what schools need to pay their teach­ers along with bills in­clud­ing elec­tric­ity and wa­ter, would rise by 3.21 per cent for 2016-17.

Out of 173 pri­vate schools with 17 dif­fer­ent cur­ric­ula, 149 schools were in­spected.

This is a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in Dubai’s pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion land­scape from last year – Chair­man of the KHDA

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