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Two Indian schools in Dubai rated outstanding

Seven institutions rated good and ten are rated acceptable as KHDA announces ratings

  • By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 28, 2012
  • Gulf News

Students at Indian High School in Dubai
  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • Students at Indian High School in Dubai. This school and Modern High School are the first two Indian institutions to be rated outstanding by the KHDA.

Dubai: Although more Indian pupils are getting better education now, with over 16,230 pupils attending schools getting a better rating by Dubai's education authority, the pace of improvement of Indian schools has slowed down significantly.

Officials have also decried that many children with special needs may be going under the radar at Indian schools.

Click here to see the ratings of the schools (pdf)

A report based on the inspection of Indian and Pakistani schools in Dubai by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) was made public on Monday, identifying key shortcomings in these schools. Out of the 21 Indian curriculum schools inspected, two scored an outstanding rating, seven were rated good, 10 acceptable and two unsatisfactory

Two schools improved their rating from good to outstanding, while two declined, going from good to acceptable, and the remaining retained their last year's rating.

"Alarmingly, many children with special educational needs may be going unnoticed at some of the Indian schools as these schools lack understanding of the definition of special needs in the broader sense," Jameela Al Muhairi, Chief of the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) at KHDA, said on Monday.

"For instance, the principal of a school with thousands of pupils told us there were four or five such children in the school."

"But this turned out to be wrong as experts participating in the inspection process identified more pupils during their interaction with the pupils," she said.

"Schools should use DSIB guidelines to more effectively identify students who demonstrate learning difficulties or require further challenges," she urged.

Lack of effective support for students with special educational needs leads to them failing to make expected progress and experiencing low self-esteem, the report says about less effective schools.

"Higher attaining students do not achieve their potential or make the progress of which they are capable," it notes.

Specialist support

In contrast, the best-performing schools provide targeted specialist support and ensure teachers know how to plan for the range of learners.

The Indian High School and the Modern High School are the first two Indian schools to be rated outstanding.

Poor teaching, learning and assessment of Arabic, lack of good English teachers, and narrow focus on success in exams, and lack of opportunities for the development of investigations, inquiry, research and critical thinking were identified as the shortcomings of some of the Indian schools.

Students lack independence in their learning, not allowing them to make progress. Kindergarten teaching and curricula do not meet the learning needs and are not age-appropriate, and an unusually high turnover of staff in a significant minority of schools were other areas of concerns raised.

"Progress in schools has slowed down a little," Jameela said.

Dr Abdullah Al Karam, Director-General, KHDA, called on schools to form partnerships so that they can learn from each others' experiences and enhance the quality of education.

About 35,428 Indian pupils (58.5 per cent) now attend'good' or ‘outstanding' schools.

Comments (8)

  1. Added 19:11 February 28, 2012

    Wow this is an amazing way to promote the schools for the competition... but why is it always Indian schools? Why are they the only ones getting lots of attention? Why dont Pakistani Schools get the same attention and importance?

    Narmeen Jamshed, RAK, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:20 February 28, 2012

    Indian schools are always the best everywhere!! I study in the millennium school. Nothing beats that school. it is the best school in dubai.

    ozairbadar, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:46 February 28, 2012

    Congratulations to The Indian High School who achieved the rating from Good to Outstanding. This proves schools can provide excellent teaching facilities without inflating tuition fees. I am proud that my children are studying in this prestigious institution and hope other schools can follow Indian High School's path to improve their ratings.

    Mohammad Zaheer OV, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:39 February 28, 2012

    Thanks to KHDA for carrying out their annual assessment and evaluation of schools. This information is quite important for parents to know, what the standard of the school their ward(s) are studying is in. It's high time KHDA starts regulating even the fees structure in the schools strictly as some schools have been charging enormously in the name of improving standards even though their institutions have been ranked as acceptable by KHDA for the past few years. Why are the schools burdening the parents for improving their inherent weakness? It's time even the Ministry of Education starts such rating system.

    Mohammad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:39 February 28, 2012

    Congratulation! Congratulation!! Congratulation!!! The Indian Highschool... Its Mangement and all other supporting staff - Keep It Up.. I am proud to be father of three son - all of them are in this school.

    Rizwan Shaikh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:47 February 28, 2012

    Can a similar inspection be conducted and rate the Indian and Pakistani schools at Ras Al Khaimah?

    Maya George, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:17 February 28, 2012

    Soo proud to be a part of the Indian High School family!!! passing out of 12th grade frm an Outstanding school ...the feeling is marvelous!! =D

    Jo, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:08 February 28, 2012

    Thanks to KHDA. By going through this inspection report we have some information or idea about our school in which area they are supposed to improve. As a mother i can see my child strength in academic performance but the other areas in the school like teaching, safety, health, etc this report is very useful.

    Srividhya Stalin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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