May 08 2012
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Private schools in Dubai show marked progress
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Dubai: The emirate’s education system continues its progress, albeit slowly, with five more schools joining the ‘outstanding’ list and three schools shrugging off the ‘unsatisfactory’ tag, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) annual private schools inspection report revealed.
Out of 138 schools that were inspected by KHDA’s Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) between October 2011 and March 2012, covering 194,260 students, 11 schools were ranked outstanding, up from six last year.
At 49, the number of schools ranked ‘good’ has remained the same but the number of students attending these schools declined marginally, whereas the number of ‘acceptable’ schools has also remained the same at 65, indicating slow progress.
But, the fact that 54 per cent of the students either get ‘acceptable or unsatisfactory’ education suggests that there is still a lot of work to be done, however, the number was much higher four years ago.
Interestingly, this year the DSIB also engaged with 37,000 parents and the report indicates that parents are generally happy with the performance of the schools.
Another key finding of the report is that almost all schools in Dubai lack facilities and qualified staff to handle children with special needs.
By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
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