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Dubai forecast to add 120 new schools in next decade

Education authority says new schools needed amid strong growth in private sector

Dubai forecast to add 120 new schools in next decade
(Image: WAM)

Dubai is forecast to add 120 new schools over the next 10 years, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Dubai will continue to add more schools as new data released by KHDA signalled strong growth in the private education sector, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

Private schools in Dubai reported an average annual enrollment growth of 6.6 percent over the last decade, the authority said.

Dubai currently has 185 private schools with 273,599 students accounting for 88.6 percent capacity. An additional 10 new schools will open this year providing additional school seats to keep up with the growing demand for high-quality education.

Higher education institutions in Dubai reported a 9.6 percent annual growth in the last six years with a 73 percent uptick in student enrolments.

Dubai is also home to 1,249 training institutes offering over 45,000 courses.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director-general of KHDA said: "We have seen consistent and strong growth in private education over the years and this has contributed to an improvement in the overall standard of living and long-term economic growth for Dubai."

KHDA’s latest Dubai Private Education Landscape report illustrates how higher student enrollments have boosted long-term economic growth and the important role of private schooling in Dubai.

Student enrolments have grown by 89 percent in the last 10 years and total student enrollments are expected to reach 470,000 students over the next decade.

Al Karam added: "By improving access to private education and enabling a wider choice for families we are opening more avenues for high-quality education with a focus on happiness, wellbeing and positive education."

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