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Dubai business leaders set up group for education

New body aims to help improve standards in private schools in emirate.

Dubai business leaders set up group for education
SCHOOL GROUP: Dubai Chamber of Commerce has set up a new business group to support private schools in the emirate. (Getty Images)

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has set up a new business group to represent private schools in Dubai.

The Dubai Private Schools Group (DPSG) has been formed “to support the private education sector of Dubai by enhancing the overall quality of education and encouraging progressive growth policies”.

Membership is open to all private schools in Dubai and there are 30 members already, representing over 40 percent of the total student population.

The DPSG’s role will be to highlight and encourage best practices among schools, provide networking opportunities, introduce programmes to help curriculum design and teacher training and promote sustainable development and health education projects.

The DPSG is one of 24 specialised sector-specific business groups set up by the Dubai Chamber.

Last month, the UAE's education chief hinted that there were plans to nationalise private schools in the country.

Minister of Education Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami confirmed the move while answering questions at the second ordinary session of Federal National Council's fourth season.

He asserted the ministry's intention to restructure and regulate the ministry's division in charge of private education.

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