‘Poor schools need fund­ing’

Head­mas­ter’s warn­ing af­ter en­rol­ment ban

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­mail@7days.ae

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

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