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15 July 2024

The best - and the worst - of Dubai’s Indian, Pakistani schools

By Sneha May Francis

The school inspection report card for Indian schools in Dubai for 2013-14 remain unchanged from the rankings of 2012-13, reported the education regulatory board.

Of the 25 Indian schools inspected, two were ranked ‘outstanding’, 8 marked ‘good’, 13 ranked ‘acceptable’ and 2 marked ‘unsatisfactory’.

Four new Indian schools, which were opened in 2013, were not inspected, informed the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB).
The rankings for 2013-14 remain identical to the previous year’s findings, with only one school – JSS International School – moving up the ranks from ‘acceptable’ to ‘good’.

GEMS Modern Academy and The Indian High School remained at the top of the list as ‘outstanding’ schools, while Crescent English School and Gulf Model School were at the bottom with ‘unsatisfactory’.

This means that the “proportion of schools judged to be ‘outstanding’ and ‘unsatisfactory’ remained unchanged (at 8 per cent) since 2011”.

The report card highlighted that “60 per cent of the schools remained ‘acceptable’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ since at least 2011”.
Based on these rankings, parents can calculate how much money they will have to shell out towards the school budget in 2014-15.
The KHDA had earlier announced that the school fee increase will be 3.48 per cent for “outstanding” schools, 2.61 per cent for “good” schools and 1.74 per cent for the rest.

This calculation was based on the new resolution passed by the Executive Council of Dubai.
The DSIB report suggested that student population attending Indian schools had grown since last year and totalled to around 75,000.
This means number of students offered ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ education had gone up since last year and totalled to 55 per cent of the student population.

The number of students increased from 37,589 last year to 41,240 this year.
However, “the proportion of students receiving ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ education remained static over the last two years”.
The report added that the number of students in ‘unsatisfactory’ schools also increased by 500 students. The student population in these schools totalled to 5,000.

Most students in Indian curriculum schools follow the CBSE (Central Board for Secondary Education) curriculum. A few schools offer CBSE-I (Central Board for Secondary Education – International curriculum) in a few grades. A limited number offer the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE).

Pakistani school report card
The DSIB also unveiled the rankings for Pakistani schools, and observed that 1.4 per cent of the total student population in Dubai attended schools offering the Pakistani curriculum.

Of the two Pakistani schools, Pakistan Educational Academy was ranked ‘acceptable’ and HH Shaikh Rashid Al Maktoum Pakistani School-Dubai ranked ‘unsatisfactory’.

One Pakistani school, which ranked ‘unsatisfactory’ for the last five years, was closed down at the end of the last academic year.
Students in Pakistani schools follow the National Curriculum of Pakistan.
DSIB has completed its fifth year of inspecting Indian and Pakistani Schools.
Their annual school inspection report aims at identifying problem areas and guiding schools to reflect and make adequate improvements.

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