UAE | Education

Students in unsatisfactory Indian schools nearly double

No significant improvement in overall performance of Indian schools in Dubai, finds KHDA

  • By Rayeesa Absal and Noor Nazzal, Gulf News
  • Published: 13:07 January 28, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • Students attend The Indian High School, Dubai, which was rated “outstanding” for the second consecutive year.

Dubai: The number of students attending poorly performing Indian curriculum schools has nearly doubled over the past four years.

While 2,277 students attended unsatisfactory schools in 2009, as many as 4,121 students are now enrolled at such schools.

The worrying figures were disclosed as the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) released results for the 2012-2013 inspection cycle at Indian and Pakistani schools in Dubai, on Monday. Read the full report

There has also been no significant improvement in the overall performance of Indian schools, the report finds. The answer may lie in the fact that most schools rate themselves too high, as this stands in the way of coming up with plans to improve, officials said.

Indian and Pakistani curriculum schools inspection results for the academic year 2012-2013 were announced on Monday by Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Results of the inspection conducted by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) have found that there was no significant change in the overall performance of Indian Curriculum schools from last year. As only two Indian curriculum schools, Buds Public School and Little Flowers English school have improved from unsatisfactory to acceptable. Out of the three Pakistani schools only Pakistan Education Academy moved up from unsatisfactory to acceptable, the other two remain unsatisfactory.

The schools that topped the charts this years are the same as the ones who did in the academic year 2011-2012, Dubai modern High School and The Indian High School who were the only two schools to receive outstanding in both Pakistani and Indian Schools

One of the key factors that schools should implement in order to improve their rating according to Jameela Muhairy Chief of DSIB self evaluating correctly. “One of the findings that we have found is that schools fail to evaluate themselves correctly, only 30 percent of Indian curriculum schools rated good or better categories in this aspect. This is a key factor that schools need to work on because if the school does not know its own  strengths and weaknesses how can it improve?. ”

Indian curriculum schools with good or better leadership were found to have improved in teaching by 67 per cent; according to the results where leadership is strong the quality of teaching improves.

Special education needs is another important aspect that needs to improve as inspectors found a number of weaknesses in the arrangements of almost all Indian Schools.

According to the number identified by these schools children with special needs account for 3113 students which is around 5 per cent of the total Indian population in private education in Dubai.

Other aspect that needs to be improved is the teaching quality in Kindergarten, elementary (grades 1 to 5) as it was found to be the weakest of all phases in most schools.   

As for Pakistani Schools only one school is rated acceptable and the other two are unsatisfactory.  Common areas of concern were found to be leadership and quality of teaching and learning.

Noor Nazzal is an Intern at Gulf News 

Comments (21)

  1. Added 08:20 January 30, 2013

    KHDA shall conduct inspections without notification to really see the ground reality, going by those past reports it seems that everything is very dramatic, pre-defined, kids rehearsed, so what is the point here. The schools rated will definitely increase fees which will be a burden to all families. Teacher attitudes need to be changed this can be done based on incentives. Pre-check about teacher qualification, performance, valid genuine certificates, etc. need to verify as done in professional careers. Then only the quality of education and schools can improve.

    Tarannum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:19 January 29, 2013

    One method of evaluating school's educational standard is based on exam results. I doubt that pupil's achievements in previous years public exams are being considered. Many of the Indian schools are having outstanding results in public exams. Another factor is KHDA comparing a school which is charges Dh300 per month per student and the other school has a fee of Dh1,500 to 3,000 per month. If there is a unified standard needed in infrastructure then the fee also should be uniform or it should be totally free by law.

    Krishnakumar, Dubai, India

  3. Added 15:06 January 29, 2013

    Hats off to Indian School team and it is an excellent job. All other indian school managements crying for increase of fees should learn from Indian school team.

    Ram, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:31 January 29, 2013

    Teachers insist students to join thier private tutions at home, otherwise internal marks given to the students may be adversly affected. This practice follows almost all schools in the UAE with the silent apermission from Schools mainly because of underpaid wages in Schools

    Manoj, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:57 January 29, 2013

    I’m also proud for IHS achievement to reach here. Expecting parents to settle their children is schools & should have tour in IHS, its clean & disciplined students –even the same goes for the junior school. I’m happy proud father for my daughter studying in non-money making intuition. HIS we simply love you..!!

    Jatin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:36 January 29, 2013

    Please publish the list of schools with with their grades i think this will be helpful to the parents to choose the right one

    Mahesh, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:51 January 29, 2013

    KHDA should look into the reasons than just rating the schools. Most of the schools are into business only. Teachers are underpaid and overworked. KHDA should keep a regular check on these schools. Most of the schools just do a make over for the inspections. To pay lower salaries schools are employing teachers with no proper qualifications.

    V Koshy, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:19 January 29, 2013

    Wow, that's really excellent comment for IHS. My son has luckily gotten admission to IHS by God's grace. IHS is one of the best schools

    Kunjal Joshi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:15 January 29, 2013

    congratulations to all in IHS

    m.s., dubai, India

  10. Added 11:54 January 29, 2013

    A school in Dubai was trying to double the school fee next year on assumption of an outstanding grade, for which they issued multiple circulars to parents notifying this. Even they have claimed Dh500 non-refundable deposit per student, if withdrawn due to shocking fee hike, which they termed as re-enrollment fee and later waived. The circular was somewhat like a warning that a horrible object hit on our head within few days. We request to teach the students and make them smart, commit to complete the books provided for the academic year, for which they are far behind. The school authorities have to pay serious attention to this.

    A Parent, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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