‘Poor schools need funding’
Headmaster’s warning after enrolment ban
The head teacher from one of the schools banned from enrolling new pupils has said the situation won’t improve without more funding being provided.
On Tuesday, Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) announced that 24 private schools in the emirate have been banned from enrolling new students, due to poor performance, from the next academic year in September until they raise standards.
The education regulator took the step after schools had failed to improve over the past three inspections and had been given warnings.
Hamad Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Private Schools and Quality Assurance (PSQA) at ADEC, said: “ADEC has taken the step to ensure pupils’ rights to quality education were protected.”
He said the schools had been given “ample time to improve their overall performance”.
Idris Hussein, principal of Pakistan Islamic School in Al Ain said they are facing problems because of the low fee structures.
“We don’t have enough money to spend on resources and often this makes it hard for us to meet certain standards," he said. “With the small budget, we always find it difficult to hire good teachers.”
Hussein said the school is stuck in a vicious circle with fees being the only source of income and they can’t raise them without getting approval from education regulators, something that could only be done after they have raised their standards.
Annual fees at the school from KG1 to grade 12 have been between Dhs2,900 and Dhs5,500 over the past three years.
The principal said the school was doing its best to improve the quality of education.
Hussein says his school enrols more than 300 new pupils each year and that with the current ban on new students, the school will lose Dhs120,000 per month in school fees. He said the school had been warned earlier not to offer places for next year as a ban was possible. Officials have not release the names of the 24 schools banned from enrolling new pupils.
‘With the small budget, we always find it hard to hire good teachers. It makes it difficult.’ – Idris Hussein, Pakistan Islam School