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KHDA regulates school fees in Dubai

posted on 19/03/2009: 921 views

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority board of Directors announced yesterday the introduction of a comprehensive system to regulate school tuition fees for the academic year 2009-2010.

The system integrates both Dubai's economic and social inputs, guarantees educational quality in schools, and creates a balance among all education stakeholders while defining their expected commitments.

There are 144 private schools in Dubai, and approximately 85% of Dubai's schoolchildren are educated in private schools. The new system links a school's performance when it is inspected by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) with the range within which it will be allowed to increase its fees.

Jameela Al Muhairi, Chief of DSIB, said: "The Inspection Bureau is currently carrying out inspections of both private and public schools; to date, 140 schools have been inspected out of 189 schools, and the remaining is expected to be concluded by the third week of April. Moreover, Indian and Pakistani schools, whose academic years run differently from other curricula schools, will be inspected during the academic year 2009-2010." She added: "DSIB will conclude all the inspections of private schools in Dubai by March 30, excluding 25 private schools that follow the Indian and Pakistani curriculum and six Iranian schools. Furthermore, based on the current inspections, we will report all the results which provide public commentary on school quality in Dubai by May 17, 2009.

'The report is expected, based on the preliminary inspections, to include the majority of schools within the "acceptable" and "good" categories; due to the decrease in the number of schools classified as unsatisfactory and outstanding. Jameela highlighted that DSIB's focus is the quality of education in private as well as public schools in Dubai, for it increases the awareness among parents and also identifies the necessary development requirements within Dubai's educational environment which has a diverse curricula.

"Our objective at DSIB is to raise educational standards and provide comprehensive information about education in Dubai in addition to formulating the required vision to develop a strong educational policy that satisfies Dubai's Strategic Plan 2015." There are seven key criteria to assess the performance of private and public schools; these include the overall performance of the school, attainment, students' progress, personal and social development, teaching and learning, curriculum and school leadership. DSIB, being an independent inspection agency within KHDA, aims to encourage self-monitoring systems among schools and achieve the necessary improvements required to enhance educational quality. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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