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Dubai: An overwhelming majority of private schools in Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah have received a 'Partially Developed' rating in the first-ever Distance Learning Evaluation (DLE), the Ministry of Education tweeted on Wednesday.

While 4 per cent of the schools surveyed received the highest 'Developed' rating, 84 per cent of the institutions received a 'Partially Developed' rating. Another 12 per cent of schools were adjudged 'Not Developed'. 

Meanwhile, out of the 29 per cent of public schools evaluated, 22 per cent were adjudged 'Developed', while 78 per cent got a 'Partially Developed' rating. None of the public schools were rated as 'Not Developed', which is the lowest rating.

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What is DLE?

DLE was first announced this March when schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The objective was to rate schools based on their provisions for distance learning. This was a joint initiative between the Ministry of Education, Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA).

DLE covers three zones: ‘Teaching and monitoring of students’ learning’, ‘Students’ distance learning and well-being’ and ‘Leading and managing students’ learning’. Each zone is subdivided into ‘themes’, which are supported by ‘descriptors’.

On Wednesday, in a series of tweets, the ministry said its teams had evaluated all private schools in Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and 29 per cent of government schools.

The step comes within the ministry’s framework to monitor the performance of schools and ensure the effectiveness of their distance-learning provision, it tweeted.