Gems Education, the largest education operator in Dubai announced it is recruiting 500 teachers and schools workers for two new schools scheduled to open this September. Approximately 5,000 students will be educated in Gems’ fourth Wellington school and in the new Gems International, both in Al Khail area.
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The new educational facilities come to meet the increasing demand for schools in Dubai, primary schools in particular. The waiting lists of the several most preferred schools in the Emirate are getting longer, especially for facilities with good reputation, good curriculum, and for those that are not-for-profit. The shortage is experienced mostly by new parents and parents who have just come to the emirate. Now the new Gems Wellington Academy will have space for 2,900 to 3,000 pupils from KG to Year 13. The Gems International School will educate 2,000 children up to Grade 12.
Last year, there was an announcement that Westminster School in Dubai which accommodates 5,000 pupils would be closed due to difficulties with following the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) framework, and regulating fees under it. Gems however decided to leave it. Moreover, yesterday Gems Education announced it takes AED 2 billion on loan to refinance investments and fund a further expansion in the Middle East and North Africa. The company intends to build 10 new schools in the UAE over the next couple of years to meet the growing demand, according to Gems Education’s Chief Operating Officer Dino Varkey. Currently, Gems employs 11,000 people and makes around $500 million in revenue per year.
The Gems Wellington Academy – Al Khail, will offer the National Curriculum of England for only primary educations grades. Eventually, it will educate children to Year 13 in the years to follow. With more than 20 years of experience, the former employee in Gems Jumeirah Primary School, Brett Larsen, is becoming the founding principal of Gems Wellington Academy – Al Khail. Gems International School – Al Khail will provide pupils with KG to Grade 5 education, through the International Baccalaureate programme. Over the last three years, Gems students have been accepted in 590 universities in 41 different countries, according to a company statement.