Abu Dhabi schools show im­prove­ment

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abu dhabi — In­spec­tion re­sults from Abu Dhabi pri­vate schools have shown a 78 per cent im­prove­ment rate in school per­for­mance, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Knowl­edge.

The re­sults from round four Ir­tiqa’a in­spec­tion of pri­vate schools rep­re­sent­ing the 2015-16 and 2016-17 aca­demic year show that 83 schools out of the to­tal 191 have im­proved since the pre­vi­ous round, rep­re­sent­ing a 78 per cent im­prove­ment rate.

The Pri­vate Schools and Qual­ity As­sur­ance (PSQA) sec­tor at the Abu Dhabi Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Knowl­edge (Adek; for­merly the Abu Dhabi Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil) also an­nounced that schools that have ranked “Out­stand­ing” or “Very Good” over three con­sec­u­tive in­spec­tion rounds will only be in­spected once ev­ery four years from now on, in­stead of once ev­ery two years, ef­fec­tive from the 2017-18 aca­demic year.

Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Adek chair­man and mem­ber of the Abu Dhabi Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, said: “Adek aims to el­e­vate the over­all qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in schools through en­cour­ag­ing crit­i­cal think­ing, team­work, in­no­va­tion, prob­lem solv­ing and ICT skills, while en­hanc­ing na­tional iden­tity and pre­serv­ing the UAE cul­ture and tra­di­tions.”

Al Nuaimi lauded ef­forts ex­erted in the pri­vate schools sec­tor by Adek, who have pro­vided qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties at a rea­son­able fee struc­ture, while im­prov­ing all ed­u­ca­tion as­pects by rais­ing the over­all ef­fi­ciency of teach­ers, en­sur­ing the pro­vi­sion of an im­proved cur­ricu­lum, and pro­vid­ing var­i­ous in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The con­struc­tion of school build­ings, pro­vi­sion of fa­cil­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional, health and so­cial ser­vices, the cre­ation of a safe en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a uni­fied sys­tem for the eval­u­a­tion of schools, has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in el­e­vat­ing their over­all per­for­mance,” said Al Nuaimi.

Lead­ing the way

Ac­cord­ing to the newly re­leased in­spec­tion re­sults, 40 per cent of schools are per­form­ing good and above in three core per­for­mance stan­dards, in­clud­ing stu­dents achieve­ment, teach­ing and assess­ment and lead­er­ship and man­age­ment. Those schools, how­ever, are re­quested to pro­vide sup­port for low per­form­ing schools as an in­di­ca­tor of PSQA’s trust and con­fi­dence in their over­all per­for­mance.

The de­ci­sion was made along­side the round four in­spec­tion re­sult an­nounce­ment for pri­vate schools across the emi­rate that have shown tremen­dous progress, with an ev­i­dent 47 per cent im­prove­ment from the last in­spec­tion re­sults. Ha­mad Al Dha­heri, Adek and PSQA sec­tors ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said: “Re­sults from the in­spec­tion round four are promis­ing and just go to show the tremen­dous ef­fort ex­erted by most of the schools, who have part­nered with Adek to achieve over­all im­prove­ment in ed­u­ca­tion.”

Al Dha­heri re-em­pha­sised the fact that im­prove­ment has al­most dou­bled since the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion round, which shows how im­por­tant a joint part­ner­ship is amongst all par­ties con­cerned.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­spec­tion re­sults, 39 per cent (75 out of 191 schools) are high per­form­ing or ‘B and A’ schools, while 39 per cent (74 out of 191 schools) are sat­is­fac­tory or ‘B and B’ schools and 22 per­cent (42 out of 191 schools) are in need of sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment or ‘B and C’ schools.

There are 39 per cent high per­form­ing schools (good and above) com­pared to 14 per cent in round three, out of which four schools are out­stand­ing, 17 very good schools, 54 good schools, 74 ac­cept­able schools, 35 weak schools and 7 very weak schools. Mean­while, the per­cent­age of B and C schools dropped be­tween the two in­spec­tions rounds from 46 per cent to 22 per cent.

Adek stressed on cre­at­ing a cul­ture filled with trans­parency and cred­i­bil­ity for schools and par­ents, through a com­pre­hen­sive assess­ment and eval­u­a­tion process that cov­ers all as­pects of ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing ser­vices pro­vided by each school.

The fifth round of in­spec­tions for the 2017-19 aca­demic school years has started in Septem­ber 2017.

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Im­prove­ment has al­most dou­bled among the schools since the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion round, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. —

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