UAE - As much as 73 per cent of Dubai's Indian-curriculum students now study at schools rated 'good' or better, according to the latest inspection report released by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
Indian schools in Dubai continue to show progress as four of them have improved their ratings this year. Though, only one school has been rated 'outstanding'. The new ratings of Indian and Pakistani schools were revealed in this year's inspection report.
A total of 32 Indian-curriculum schools were inspected this academic year.
GEMS Modern Academy was rated 'outstanding' for the ninth year in a row.
The Gulf Model School is the only one that has been rated as 'weak'.
"Seven out of 10 students at Dubai's Indian-curriculum schools now receive good or better quality education. This reflects our commitment to continue providing high-quality education choices that are in line with Dubai's expectations," Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director-general of the KHDA, said.
"With more than 79,000 students enrolled in Dubai's Indian-curriculum schools, we have seen a remarkable 34 per cent growth in student numbers in the last decade. These positive trends coupled with year-on-year progress build on the confidence in Dubai's private education sector."
Four Indian schools improved their rating from 'good' to 'very good' this year, helping 6,000 students receive better quality education. These schools are GEMS New Millennium School, JSS International, Ambassador School and JSS Private School Dubai.
A total of 11 schools were rated 'good' this year, which include Amled School, Credence High School, GEMS Heritage, Our Own High School, Indian High School, Springsdales, The Kindergarten Starters, GEMS Our Own Indian, Bilva Indian School, The Indian Academy and Primus Private School.
Fatma Ibrahim Belrehif, CEO of Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB), said: "This is the eleventh year we have inspected Indian and Pakistani curriculum schools and we are continuing to see progress in overall school ratings. Indian-curriculum schools showed improvements in learning skills, science and governance. These are positive trends that are in line with overall expectations and consistent with our recommendations."
Principals of Indian schools welcomed the results of the ratings. CEO and principal of Credence High School, which maintained a 'good' rating this year, said: "We are delighted with the progress that Credence High School has made in this short span of time. Each inspection leaves us enriched and helps us to introspect and plan ahead. We are committed to make Credence an 'Outstanding' school where children excel in all that they do.
The credit for this progress goes largely to the students, parents and to the faculty who believe in the mission and vision of Credence High School."
Fatima Martin, principal of GEMS New Millennium School - which improved its rating to 'very good' - said: "Now, thanks to steady year-on-year improvement, we have passed the next milestone in our school's development. The concerted efforts of all our staff to pursue excellence have been instrumental in this achievement."
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