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Indian and Pakistani school inspection results out on Monday

Dubai schools have a long way to go, KHDA chief

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Dubai: The results of inspections of Indian and Pakistani schools in Dubai will be declared on January 28, Gulf News has learnt.

These schools have now completed four years of annual inspections by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

This year, in the 2012-2013 inspection cycle, 23 Indian schools teaching 66,980 students and three Pakistani schools teaching 3,993 students were reviewed. Schools are rated as Outstanding, Good, Acceptable and Unsatisfactory.

In the previous round of inspections, 21 Indian schools were inspected, out of which for the first time two scored an outstanding rating. Seven were rated good, 10 as acceptable and two as unsatisfactory.

All of the three Pakistani curriculum schools inspected were rated unsatisfactory.

Although a lot of progress has been made, education in Dubai is unfortunately still not up to the international benchmark, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) chief, Dr Abdullah Al Karam said at a recent event.

“We ought to know where we are and the past years of inspections have helped us understand this.”

“It is not an easy journey, but we are certainly on the way,” he said.

He was addressing principals of Indian schools in the region, at an event titled Principals Conclave, organised last week by the Council of CBSE schools in the Gulf. The event, held to train principals, was hosted by the Indian High School.

Results of international exams, such as TIMS, attended by Dubai students, have reflected this improvement in performance, he said.

Al Karam also reiterated that school inspection results have consistently proven that the quality of a school never supersedes the quality of leadership at the school.