Indian schools in Dubai fail to improve standards: DSIB

Indian schools in Dubai fail to improve standards: DSIB

DSIB ratings announced; one school ups from ‘Acceptable’ to ‘Good’, another dips from ‘Good’ to ‘Acceptable’

By Muaz Shabandri (reporter)

Published: Tue 17 Feb 2015, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:50 PM

Photo by Shihab/ Khaleej Times

Photo by Shihab/ Khaleej Times  

Dubai: Indian curriculum schools in Dubai failed to show any improvement in the latest cycle of school inspections. The Indian High School and Gems Modern Academy continued to remain the only outstanding Indian curriculum schools in the ratings announced by Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB).

“Although one Indian school improved from ‘Acceptable’ to ‘Good’ and another declined from ‘Good’ to ‘Acceptable’, the performance of Indian schools is static. The overall judgments are unchanged since 2013, with exactly the same number of schools in each performance category,” read a report released by Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

During the sixth year of school inspections, 40 per cent of Indian schools were either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ and 60 per cent remained ‘Acceptable’ or less. More than 75,000 students are enrolled for classes in Indian curriculum schools. “The weaker schools are failing to provide their students with opportunities that will ensure success in the forthcoming international assessments. Weaknesses found in the quality of teaching in English, mathematics and science, poor curriculum quality, and the limited capacity of leaders to make the necessary improvements are some of the inhibiting features,” read the report in a section highlighting the weaknesses of schools.

According to DSIB, during the school inspection process, inspectors consider the views of key stakeholder groups in order to arrive at a final judgment and use their findings to assist them in evaluating the overall effectiveness of the school. JSS Private School was the only school to improve its rating – moving from ‘Acceptable’ to ‘Good’. Only one school recorded a drop in school ratings with the Gems Our Own Indian School moving to ‘Acceptable’.

The annual school inspections provide school leaders with detailed insights on key improvements which can be undertaken to improve education outcomes within their school.

Fatma Belrehif, DSIB Director, said Indian schools are improving in some aspects. ‘‘For example, improvements can be seen in the tables in individual school reports. So, whilst many schools improved, it wasn’t sufficient to enable them to move between overall judgments,’’ she said.

She said KHDA expects all schools to improve. Advances in technology mean that no school can be complacent – even the outstanding schools. Schools that fail to improve will continue to be targeted until all schools in Dubai are rated as “Good”. On Pakistani schools, she said one has been graded as acceptable and the other is unsatisfactory. These will be included in the report on the performance of other schools.

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