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In a move aimed at benefiting parents across Dubai’s private schools, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced the latest school inspection results.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), noted the early announcement of school inspection results was aimed at giving parents more time to choose better quality schools.

Of the 176 private schools inspected by Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB), a total of 18 schools improved their rating this year, with four schools moving from ‘very good’ to ‘outstanding’, five schools moving from ‘good’ to ‘very good’, six moving from ‘acceptable’ to ‘good’ and three from ‘weak’ to ‘acceptable’.

Dr Abdulla said: “Our schools have consistently improved year-on-year and this is good news for parents because they now have a wider selection of better quality schools in Dubai. Ten years back, only 30 per cent of students received ‘good’ or better quality education and today this number has more than doubled to 70 per cent. It is important for us to keep pushing towards better quality education and keep up with Dubai’s aspiration and future needs.”

Making new mini-school reports available for quick information before deciding on new schools, parents can access individual school inspection results from the KHDA website ( Each parent also receives individual feedback about their child’s schools in e-mails sent to parents across Dubai’s private schools.

Dr Abdulla, added, “Choosing a good school that fits the needs of a child is a big responsibility for parents and we want to make it easier. Good education drives the future of our nation and we want parents to realise the important role they play when it comes to selecting schools offering good education.”

Fatma Belrehif, Chief of Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) said, “This year we have seen remarkable progress with 18 schools improving their overall rating. Schools with noticeable improvements have been able to consistently integrate inspection findings as part of their overall systematic school improvement plans.”

She noted the number of schools offering ‘good’ or better quality education has increased from 38 schools in 2008 to 119 schools in the current academic year.

School inspections were introduced in Dubai in 2008 with an aim to provide a comprehensive view of the quality of education and contribute significantly to their improvement.

Key Numbers

  • 209 private schools in Dubai
  • 176 schools inspected in 2018-2019
  • 17 different curricula
  • Over 90 per cent of Dubai students study in private schools
Key numbers for 2018-2019 school inspections
Number of schools in 2018-2019 inspection cycle 176
Number of students in schools inspected 278,794
Number of Emirati students in schools inspected 30,485
Overall performance in 2018-2019
Overall performance Schools All students Emirati students
Outstanding 17 25,481 1,013
Very good 28 57,541 1,786
Good 74 110,488 18,621
Acceptable 52 76,972 9,046
Weak 5 8,312 19