'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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By Claire Valdini
Tue 29 Jan 2013 12:02 PM

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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