'Must do better' message to Dubai's Asian schools

Only two schools out of 26 were rated “outstanding” for 2011-2012 academic year

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The standard of education at Asian schools in Dubai has remained stagnant for four years, with only four Indian curriculum schools and one Pakistani school showing any signs of improvement for the last academic year, according to the latest report by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Only two of a possible 26 schools were rated 'outstanding' for the 2011-12 academic year while two institutes saw their ratings decline from 'acceptable' to 'unsatisfactory'.

“The most important finding of the inspections carried out in Indian schools during 2012-13 is that there has been no significant improvement in the overall performance of Indian curriculum schools in the last year,” the KHDA noted in its report.

“Two schools previously judged as 'unsatisfactory' improved and were evaluated as 'acceptable'. There was no similar movement from the rating of 'acceptable' to 'good' or from 'good' to 'outstanding'.

“This means that despite undoubted efforts by school leaders to continue to bring about improvements, there has been little overall success,” it added.

Indian curriculum schools in Dubai educate more than 60,000 pupils while Pakistani schools teach 2,993 students.

A school’s KHDA rating determines its fees with schools rated 'outstanding' able to raise rates by double the educational cost index (ECI). Those rated good may increase fees by 1.5 times the ECI, while others can only charge the ECI.

Dubai Modern High School and The Indian High School topped this year’s league table for the second year running after both improving during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Just seven Indian curriculum schools – Delhi Private School, Own Our English High School, Rajagiri International School, The Indian High School-Branch, The Millennium School, Our Own High School Dubai and Our Own Indian School – were ranked 'good', showing no signs of improvement for the last two academic years.

While 12 Indian schools were rated 'acceptable', two schools – Crescent English School and Gulf Model School – saw their ratings decline to 'unsatisfactory'.

Only one of the three Pakistani curriculum schools, Pakistan Education Academy, was rated 'acceptable', up from three previous consecutive years of 'unsatisfactory'. The other two, HH Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum Pakistani School and Al Farooq Pakistani Islamic School, were rated 'unsatisfactory'.

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Posted by: Oldtimer

Out of all the Indian-curriculum schools, the Indian High School came out on top. This is a school that is run by a trust and charges reasonable and affordable fees with infrastructure facilities much better than those run by GEMS group. This is ample proof to discredit the GEMS management's argument that fee increases are justified if quality education is to be provided.

Posted by: Jazz

The KHDA rating system is a farce. What matters most, is the parents' engagement with the children and their learning process. If the parents are satisfied with their ward's progress, the KHDA ratings are meaningless. The ratings are only a tool to justify a fee increase. Only a handful few expatriate students give back anything to the UAE society, as they all move either to their native countries or western countries for higher education!!! UAE is hell bent in managing to short term, losing out on the benefits of the long term.

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