x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Five Dubai schools attain outstanding ranking

Results made public this morning, showed five have been ranked outstanding this year, up from four last year. Results

DUBAI// The results of the second round of Dubai school inspections were made public this morning. Parents are able to access the full 20-page inspection report for every school. Last year, only summaries were available to the public. In total 186 public and private schools were ranked by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai's school regulator. Last year, the KHDA assessed 189 schools. The agency ranks schools in four categories: outstanding, good, acceptable and unsatisfactory. In February, the KHDA released results for 23 Indian and Pakistani schools, which were inspected for the first time this academic year. Of the 23 schools, seven were categorised as good, 11 as acceptable, and five as unsatisfactory. Results made public this morning, showed five have been ranked outstanding this year, up from four last year. Three of them are public schools and two are British curriculum private schools. Of the four schools ranked outstanding last year, just one, Kings Dubai has retained its ranking. The other three have fallen to good. The Wellington International School is the only K-12 school to receive that ranking - the other four schools, Kings, Dubai; the Al Manhal Kindergarten; the al Nokhbah Model School and the Childhood Development Center are kindergartens or primary schools. A further 66 schools have been ranked good - the same number as last year. Also, 95 have been deemed acceptable, down from 97 last year, and 20 are unsatisfactory down from 22 last year. Several schools have improved in the eyes of Dubai's regulator but several have become worse. Four good schools moved up to outstanding while 15 schools have moved up to good and 16 have lost that rank. Seven schools have moved up to acceptable while six lost that rank. Out of 209 schools that were inspected over the course of the year, more than 40 per cent ranked good or outstanding. More than half of these are private schools. Results can be found on the KHDA's website klewis@thenational.ae