Placement of students at private schools up by 6,000

ABU DHABI — Student placements at private schools during the 2009-2010 academic year has increased by nearly 6,000, according to the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).

By Olivia Olarte

Published: Fri 10 Dec 2010, 12:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:18 AM

The opening of 11 new schools between April to September 2010 accounted for 5,400 places while some existing schools increased their capacity to accommodate about 600 students.

The Abu Dhabi Indian Schools added 400 seats due to the particularly high demand for Indian curriculum schools.

The increase in placements at private schools was as a result of ADEC’s efforts in encouraging ongoing development of school capacity in the private sector in order to ensure sufficient supply to meet the demand of school places by the emirate’s growing population.

According to ADEC figures, the current growth rate of the Emirati students is two per cent per year while the expatriate student population grows at a rate of seven per cent per year.

If this trend continuous within the next 10 years, ADEC expects to welcome around 150,000 new students into the education system.

“Private sector development is an important priority for ADEC. We are proactively working to attract various investors to establish high-quality private schools that cater to the needs of the emirate’s diverse population. We are also in the process of developing best practice licensing policies and procedures for the private school sector to provide a professional and efficient infrastructure to encourage the continued development of new schools,” Yousif Al Sheryani, executive director of Private Schools and Quality Assurance Division at ADEC, said in a statement.

As part of these efforts, the Council has granted licenses for 29 new schools – 21 to be established in Abu Dhabi and eight in Al Ain. Curriculum breakdown included 10 British, 12 US, four Indian, Australian, Canadian, and one UAE Ministry of Education. An ADEC statement said a number of these newly-licensed schools have also applied for land allocation to build their schools. Last year, eight schools were given land plots by ADEC, some of whom have begun or are about to begin construction this

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