A good sign for schools in Dubai
Highest ever increase to the top tier
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