Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (Adec’s) Private Schools and Quality Assurance Sector (PSQA) has announced that 17 new private schools are under construction and expected to open within the next two school years.
It is estimated that within the next two years more than 24,000 school seats will be available.
There are currently 236,800 students enrolled in 186 private schools across Abu Dhabi.
The PSQA added an extra 19,944 school seats in the 2015-2016 school year.
Out of the 19,944 school seats, 16,044 seats have been allocated to 11 new private schools of different curricula’s (four American, three British, two Ministry of Education, two Indian), whereas 3,900 school seats have been allocated across three existing schools that have expanded their buildings (one American, two Indian).
Dr Ali Rashed Al Noaimi, Adec’s director general said Adec’s strategies focus on providing students with equal educational opportunities, while ensuring access to affordable high quality education in a suitable school environment.
Hamad Al Dhaheri, executive director at Adec’s PSQA sector said, “Out of the total number of students enrolled in Abu Dhabi private schools, 60 per cent attend low-fee private schools.”
He added in the past five years, there has been an evident increase in the number of student enrollments across private schools by seven per cent, with an expected increase of another five per cent over the next few years.
“In order to meet the increasing demand, the private sector, being Adec’s strategic partner, has injected investments worth more than Dh3.4 billion to help build 56 schools accommodating 775,000 schools seats. Work is currently under progress to build 17 new schools, which are expected to operate in the next two years.”
Al Dhaheri visited Amity private school (British Curriculum), Private Modern School (MoE Curriculum), the Virginia Private School (American Curriculum) and Global Indian International School (Indian Curriculum), where he met with the school owners and leaders to request about the overall operational process across each of the schools.