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For many students in Dubai quality of education got better
More than 85 per cent of 37,000 surveyed parents said they were happy with quality of education
The number of students attending outstanding schools in Dubai has more than tripled to 18,456 from 6,117 in the last academic year, according to the latest school inspection results released by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). This correlates with an increase in the number of outstanding schools in the emirate, up from 5schools last year to 11 schools in the inspection cycle lasting from October 2011 to April 2012.
Out of the 138 private schools visited by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB), 49 were rated good, 65 were deemed acceptable, and 13 proved to be unsatisfactory, down from 16 last year. While nearly half of Dubai’s private school students attend good or outstanding schools, the number of students in acceptable and unsatisfactory schools has decreased only slightly, from 56 per cent to 54 per cent in the current academic year.
“These results no doubt show that for many students in Dubai, the quality of education they receive has got better,” said DSIB chief Jameela Al Muhairi. “The majority of schools are applying the lessons they learn from the inspections, but there is still a lot of work to be done before all schools reach Dubai’s minimum standard of ‘good.’”
The inspections also included surveys for parents, teachers and students to share their views on their school’s strengths and weaknesses. More than 85 per cent of the 37,000 parents who completed the survey said they were happy with the quality of education their children were receiving.
“We are very pleased by how supportive parents have been of the inspections process,” added Al Muhairi. “It is only with their involvement that we can continue improve the quality of education in Dubai.”
To help parents access inspection results and choose a school for their children, KHDA has released an iPhone application containing curriculum details, student and nationality breakdowns, school contacts, inspection grades and school fee structure. The free app is available to download from Apple’s App Store, and will be updated regularly.