40% of Abu Dhabi schools score high

TOP-RANKED SCHOOLS WILL BE IN­SPECTED EV­ERY FOUR YEARS IN­STEAD OF TWO, THE EMIRATE’S ED­U­CA­TION AU­THOR­ITY AN­NOUNCES

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY SAMIHAH ZAMAN Staff Re­porter

Top-ranked in­sti­tu­tions will be in­spected ev­ery four years in­stead of two, Adek says |

Ahand­ful of top-ranked pri­vate schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will be in­spected ev­ery four years in­stead of ev­ery two years, the emirate’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor reg­u­la­tor said yes­ter­day.

The de­ci­sion was an­nounced by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Knowl­edge (Adek), for­merly known as the Abu Dhabi Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil, along with the re­sults of the fourth in­spec­tion cy­cle for pri­vate schools.

Ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment, there has been a 47 per cent im­prove­ment in schools’ per­for­mance in 2015-2017 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion. The re­sults show that 83 schools out of a to­tal of 191 in the emirate im­proved their rank­ings from the pre­vi­ous round.

“The con­struc­tion of school build­ings, the pro­vi­sion of fa­cil­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional, health and so­cial ser­vices, and the cre­ation of a safe en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in el­e­vat­ing the over­all per­for­mance of schools. But this is not the end of the road. Our re­spon­si­bil­ity will con­tinue to be di­rected to­wards our chil­dren in or­der to pro­vide them with ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing that will en­able them to em­bark on suc­cess­ful work­ing lives while ben­e­fit­ing the nation,” said Dr Ali Al Nuaimi, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Adek and mem­ber of the Abu Dhabi Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil.

Abu Dhabi’s ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­ity has been con­duct­ing bi­en­nial in­spec­tions of pri­vate schools since 2009. Un­der this sys­tem, high-per­form­ing schools are placed within three tiers in Band A — out­stand­ing, very good and good. Sat­is­fac­tory schools are placed within Band B, and in­sti­tu­tions that need sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment are placed within two tiers in Band C — weak and very weak.

The names of the top-ranked schools that will be in­spected less fre­quently were not avail­able be­fore print dead­line. But there are now 75 high-per­form­ing Band A schools, rep­re­sent­ing 39 per cent of in­sti­tu­tions. Four of th­ese have been judged out­stand­ing, while 17 are very good and 54 are good. Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion round, only 14 per cent of in­sti­tu­tions were in Band A.

In Band B, there are now 74 schools with a sat­is­fac­tory per­for­mance.

In ad­di­tion, there are 42 Band C schools that are still in need of sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment. Thirty-five of th­ese in­sti­tu­tions in Band C have been judged weak, while seven are very weak.

The Adek state­ment also added that the pro­por­tion of Band C schools de­creased to just 22 per cent of all in­sti­tu­tions, com­pared to 46 per cent in the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion round.

In ad­di­tion, nearly 40 per cent of schools have high stan­dards in three core per­for­mance ar­eas, in­clud­ing stu­dents’ achieve­ment, teach­ing and as­sess­ment, and lead­er­ship and man­age­ment.

“Re­sults from this round of in­spec­tions are promis­ing and show the tremen­dous ef­fort ex­erted by most of the schools, who have part­nered with us to en­sure an im­prove­ment in ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards,” said Ha­mad Al Da­heri, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for pri­vate schools and qual­ity as­sur­ance at the Adek.

“Schools that have im­proved their rank­ings are [ev­i­dently] fa­mil­iar with the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Knowl­edge reg­u­la­tions and work to en­sure stu­dents are of­fered qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion that pro­motes tal­ent, in­no­va­tion, ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion among our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion,” he added.

In a bid to cau­tion low-per­form­ing schools, the Adek an­nounced in June that Band C schools would not be able to en­rol new stu­dents. The de­ci­sion im­pacted 26 schools for the 2017-2018 aca­demic school year.

Mean­while, the fifth round of in­spec­tions have al­ready be­gun since the start of the 2017-2018 aca­demic year.

The con­struc­tion of school build­ings, the pro­vi­sion of fa­cil­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional, health and so­cial ser­vices, and the cre­ation of a safe en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in el­e­vat­ing the over­all per­for­mance of schools.” Dr Ali Al Nuaimi | Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Abu Dhabi Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Knowl­edge

Courtesy: Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Knowl­edge

There are now 75 high-per­form­ing Band A schools, rep­re­sent­ing 39 per cent of in­sti­tu­tions. Four of th­ese have been judged out­stand­ing, while 17 are very good and 54 are good.

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