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64 per cent of students are now in schools that offer a ‘good’ or better quality of education

For the first time, the majority of Emirati students and students with special education needs receive a ‘good’ or better quality of education

The quality of education provided by private schools in Dubai continues to improve, latest inspections results by Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) show. Sixty-four percent of students are now in schools that offer a good or better quality of education, as compared to 30 per cent in 2008-2009.

For the first time, more than half of Emirati students in Dubai private schools attend good or better schools”. The report noted the percentage of Emirati students attending good or better schools has doubled from 26 per cent since 2008-2009 to 54 per cent in the latest inspection cycle.

A total of 10 schools improved their rating, with one school moving from ‘good’ to ‘very good’, eight moving from ‘acceptable’ to ‘good’ and one from ‘weak’ to ‘acceptable’.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said, “Every year we continue to see further improvement in Dubai’s education landscape. More schools than ever are now offering a better quality of education. This improvement has been made possible by creating a culture of collaboration, which has encouraged schools to learn from each other and continue to grow.”

All parents in Dubai have received a letter from KHDA with highlights of the school inspection reports and insights on progress made by their child’s school.

“By engaging directly with parents, we are highlighting the progress made by schools and making parents aware of developments taking place at their child’s school. Parents play an important role and by bringing together families and schools, we are supporting children’s learning needs which can lead to better learning outcomes in the future,” added Dr Al Karam.

Fatma Belrehif, Executive Director of Dubai School Inspection Bureau said, “Parents are now much more likely to have access to a ‘good’ school for their children than nine years ago. This year, school inspection reports also noted further improvement in the quality of provision for students with special education needs and disabilities,” she added.

The report shows that the majority of private schools in Dubai (61 per cent) now operate a level of provision, which has been rated ‘good’ or better. Of the 159 schools in the inspection cycle, 16 schools were rated ‘outstanding’, 14 ‘very good’, 69 ‘good’, 50 ‘acceptable’ and 10 were rated ‘weak’. None of the inspected schools were found to be ‘very weak’.

School inspection reports also identified significant gains in the quality of leadership of Dubai private schools, with inspection findings indicating that 66 per cent of all Dubai schools now benefit from ‘good’ or better quality of leadership, compared to 46 per cent in 2008-2009.

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– KHDA Media