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29 February 2024

5,221 new Indian school seats in capital

By Sneha May Francis

Getting your child admitted to a school of your choice is an exercise that most parents struggle to get right. Long waiting lists, lack of adequate seats, or peculiar admission processes make it tougher for parents.

The education regulatory board of Abu Dhabi, however, gives parents reason to cheer.

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) announced that the emirate will get 5,221 new Indian school seats for the academic year 2016-17.

According to Adec’s PSQA sector, “Three new Indian schools opened last year (2015-2016), in addition to adding another 1,700 new school seats by expanding another two Indian schools, providing a grand total (new and expansion) of 3,880 seats for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

“During 2016-17 academic school year, Adec will introduce one more new Indian school with a capacity of 1,672  in addition to expanding another four Indian schools, providing more than 3,550 school seats.”

Adec emphasised why lot systems are used for admission process in Indian schools, and why it is fair. “Some schools who opt for the lot system do so in order to maintain fairness in admission once they have followed all the criteria’s in place, i.e. siblings, staff children and alumni are priority.

“Many parents book their children in several schools causing triple booking, adding more numbers to the waiting list.”

Table showing number of Indian schools opened in 2015-16, those expected to open 2016-17