Dubai schools get 7,300 new students in 3 months

Web report/Dubai
Filed on February 24, 2021

New data also showed that 25 per cent of university students have come to Dubai specifically to undergo education

Student enrolment in Dubai’s private schools has increased by 7,300 students in the last three months — a rise of 2.6 per cent, according to fresh data released by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).


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A total of 286,588 students are currently enrolled in Dubai schools, which includes 138,917 girls and 147,671 boys.

Parents in the emirate continue to exercise their choice on how their children learn, with 50 per cent of students engaged in full-time distance learning and the other 50 per cent opting for blended learning (a combination of distance and face-to-face learning).

New data also showed that 25 per cent of university students have come to Dubai specifically to undergo education. A total of 28,166 students are currently enrolled in 36 higher education institutions in Dubai for the 2020-21 academic year.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA, said, “Dubai’s private education sector has remained resilient despite the current global circumstances. Families continue to move to Dubai knowing they can choose between distance and face-to-face learning for their children, and that they will have access to high-quality education for both modes."

The latest landscape report included data on the surprise visits conducted by the KHDA team to help schools, universities and early learning centres comply with Dubai Government rules for health and safety.

Since May 2020, the team has made more than 20 visits to schools each day. During these visits, 93 per cent of all Dubai private schools, 92 per cent of universities, and 100 per cent of early learning centres were found to be compliant with health and safety protocols.

"What’s important about these numbers is also what lies beyond them," said Al Karam. "Over the last year, we’ve seen great courage, positivity and love from our community of teachers, leaders, parents and students. We are grateful for their trust, and for their determination to create a kinder, happier and even more resilient education community in Dubai.”

Dubai is home to 210 schools offering 17 different curricula. With nearly 110,000 students, UK curriculum schools account for 38 per cent of all student enrolments. Indian curriculum schools were the second most popular in Dubai, with over 75,000 students enrolled.

Business studies continues to remain the most popular choice for higher education programmes, followed by courses in engineering, information technology, media and design.

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