KHDA: 207 private schools in Dubai pass quality education inspection

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A total of 207 private schools in Dubai passed the inspection of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KDHA), an improvement of 81 percent compared to last year’s 77 percent.

According to KHDA, 209 schools were inspected this year, including 10 schools that were inspected for the first time.

A total of 23 schools were rated Outstanding, 48 were rated Very Good, 85 Good and 51 Acceptable, while two were rated Weak. No school rated as Very Weak. Overall ratings improved for 26 schools while three schools saw a decline in their ratings.

Commenting on the results, Aisha Abdulla Miran, Director General of KHDA, said, “The continuous improvement by the schools indicates their commitment to offer high quality educational opportunities for students. Our schools are among the world’s highest performing, according to international assessments, ranking sixth for literacy in PIRLS, top 10 globally for maths, and top 14 for science and reading in PISA assessments. These results reaffirm Dubai’s competitiveness as a world-class destination for education, in line with the leadership’s vision set out in the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 and Dubai Social Agenda 33.”

She added, “We are grateful to the school community, principals, teachers, and parents for their efforts in enriching the learning experiences for students and contributing towards making Dubai one of the top 10 cities in the world for quality education.”

Improvement across quality indicators

This year, 90 percent of schools improved in one or more quality indicators. Of these improvements, 67 percent are related to student outcomes, 26 percent to schools’ provisions for learners, and 7 percent to leadership.

Schools in Dubai improved the progress of students in Arabic as a first language, with 64 percent of schools rated Good or higher, compared to 52 percent in the previous year; and 77 percent of schools rated good or higher for progress of students in Islamic education, compared to 68 percent during the 2022-23 academic year.

Private schools in Dubai have made great progress in reducing barriers to learning and ensuring equitable access to education. Inclusive education has improved, with a substantial 76 percent of schools now providing Good or higher rated provisions for students of determination.

Wellbeing provision remains a strong focus, with 83 percent of schools offering wellbeing provision rated Good or higher.

Fatma Belrehif, CEO of Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau, said, “Private schools continue to achieve significant improvements in the quality of their overall performance, which reflects the commitment of school leaders and teachers to ensure that high-quality educational opportunities are available to our students.”

She added, “We are proud of the efforts of the education community in Dubai to enhance the quality of education and its global competitiveness. We encourage parents to read the reports and gain insights about the quality of education in their children’s schools. We are committed to work with our education community to raise the quality of education in Dubai and align with the future goals of Dubai.”

No full inspections

Private schools in Dubai will not be subjected to full inspections during the 2024-25 academic year, with the exception of new schools that will complete their third year of operation during the next academic year.

This decision aims to support the teaching and learning process for students and gives schools the opportunity to implement changes to support their development and improvement plans. The DSIB team will conduct quality assurance visits that target specific focus areas to monitor schools’ progress on improvement plans during the next academic year.

Schools that wish to undergo a full inspection may submit a request to the inspection team, which will be subject to review and approval upon KHDA’s discretion. WAM/ICA/Expat Media

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