Dubai Consumer Mirror

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Educating the educators

Overall performance of schools in Dubai:
• Nine out of every ten schools in Dubai provide an education of at least acceptable quality.
• Four out of every ten schools are good or outstanding.
• More than half the schools are currently providing an education that is not yet of the good quality expected of all schools in Dubai.
• Half of the good schools are public and half are private.
• There is considerable variation in the performance of different private schools: some are outstanding, but more than one in ten is unsatisfactory overall.
• Around 20,000 students in Dubai attend schools that provide an unsatisfactory quality of education overall.
• Three quarters of the unsatisfactory schools are private.
• There are no outstanding public schools.
• More Details here

I only have four words on this: Its about f#$%ing time!


  • In no defence of some really crappy schools, but the criteria was pretty vague. QUality of management was one point, but how does one go about evaluating that? Staff interviews? Flawed, I'm afraid.

    By Blogger Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo, at May 18, 2009 at 6:57 AM  

  • I'm just happy I don't have kids. Not only do you have to compete with the constant fee increases, but you have schools that fail to meet the mark.

    By Anonymous Jad Aoun, at May 19, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

  • Daily photo - i agree.. but the point is these schools have been acting as if there is no one to question their practices - education in this country is a joke because of that. This lack of supervision and regulation has allowed virtually anyone to open up shop and have the audacity to call it an "educational institution"...

    By Blogger moryarti, at May 21, 2009 at 10:40 PM  

  • Jad - enshallah you'll have kids soon and know what we have to suffer with :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at May 21, 2009 at 10:41 PM  

  • Just make sure that you choose a non-profit making school, that is one without an owner, who will rub his hands together with glee at every fee increase.

    I am fortunate to have my kids one of the 4 schools that received the outstanding report, and I truly believe they deserved it. We were involved in the KHDA monitoring from day 1, and met some of the inspecters at the school. And even though the school received the top grading, they have already implemented a plan to cover the few flaws that the KHDA pointed out. I go with my friends to pick their kids up from school sometimes and what I have seen is abysmal. I am so glad my kids are where they are, but I did work hard for it, putting their names down quite literally when they were a few months old.

    By Blogger CG, at June 23, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

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