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Sun 21 Mar 2010 01:06 PM

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Dubai school inspection results out in May

Education chief says some improvements seen in second round of checks.

Dubai school inspection results out in May
RESULTS DUE: Dubai school inspection results will be announced in May. (Getty Images)

The results of the second round of inspections of Dubai public and private schools will be announced in May, educations chiefs have said.

Inspectors completed the second year of their inspections on Thursday and parents have completed 52,707 questionnaires, which will be analysed by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB).

Indian and Pakistani schools were inspected for the first time in this second cycle, because they have a different academic year.

Their results were published separately last month and out of a total of 23 schools, seven were categorised as good, 11 as acceptable, and five unsatisfactory. None was classified as outstanding.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General at KHDA, said: "This is now the second year of school inspections in Dubai, and we have seen that some schools worked very hard and have made significant changes.

"We know that improving education does not come without challenges, whether you are in the public or the private sector. But in spite of these challenges, there are schools that have shown improvement.

"We have seen people overcome problems and prove that standards can be raised. But the effort and the passion for such reform has to come from within the school."

In the first round of inspections, nearly 10 percent of Dubai schools were rated unsatisfactory.

Out of 69 school inspected, six were deemed to be below the standards expected while four were rated excellent.

Twenty five were ranked in the good category while another 34 were found to be acceptable.

Jameela Al Muhairi, chief, DSIB, added: "The inspectors are now working on their reports...We know it is not an easy process for them to go through. This year, too, we have raised the bar which has made the inspections more challenging for all schools."

A total of 236 inspectors visited 210 schools (78 public schools, 132 private schools) since October 2009.

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