The Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) recent school report for Indian schools unveils some alarming stats – none more so than the fact that just one in eight of the 67,000 students have access to ‘outstanding’ education.
Among the other surprising findings hidden in the statistics is that a little less than half the student population in Indian schools is enrolled in ‘unsatisfactory’ or ‘acceptable’ schools.
Which would imply that despite paying top-dollar for their wards’ education, about half the parents have to contend with average or below-average education for their offspring.
Days after the education regulatory authority unveiled its school report card for Indian schools, Emirates 24|7 decided to put the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) grading into perspective by looking at the number of students enrolled in these schools.
According to the published statistics, 8,511 students, or 12.7 per cent of the Indian schools’ population, are enrolled in the two Indian curriculum schools that have been graded as ‘outstanding’ by the KHDA. In effect, just one in eight schools attending the Indian curriculum schools in Dubai have access to outstanding education.
A substantial 43.7 per cent of the students go to ‘good’ Indian schools.
But what’s perhaps discomforting is that students attending ‘acceptable’ Indian schools stand at 37.4 per cent while those going to ‘unsatisfactory’ Indian schools is clocked at 6.2 per cent.
In effect, 29,181 students among the total 66,980 students attend schools graded average or below-average.
The total number of Indian schools that were reviewed by DSIB was 23, of which 2 are graded ‘unsatisfactory’, 12 are ‘acceptable’, 7 are ‘good’ and just 2 ‘otstanding’.
The school inspection report bears importance as it offers parents a guideline as to whether the education providers in the emirate are up to the mark.
It also gives a broad outline of the fee structure, and how much more they’d have to shell out.
Last year’s school grading came with a school fee hike, with 6 per cent allowed for ‘outstanding’ schools, 4.5 per cent for ‘good’, and 3 per cent for ‘satisfactory’ and ‘unsatisfactory’ schools.
The grading, however, has remained unchanged since last year.
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General, KHDA, added that the fee-hike is not “automatic” and determined by the findings of the Educational Cost Index (ECI) that is published by the Dubai Statistics Centre.
“When the index comes in that’s when the hike, if any, will be determined,” he added.
Indian School Number of students on roll Rating
Dubai Modern High School 2,804 Outstanding
The Indian High School 5,707 Outstanding
Delhi Private School Dubai 3,274 Good
Our Own English High School 9,344 Good
Our Own Indian School 3,657 Good
Our Own High School 4,734 Good
Rajagiri International School 1,163 Good
The Indian High School – Branch 4,266 Good
The Millennium School 2,850 Good
Buds Public School 682 Acceptable
Emirates English Speaking School 1,680 Acceptable
Global Indian International School 602 Acceptable
Gulf Indian High School 2,322 Acceptable
JSS International School 1,380 Acceptable
JSS Private School 1,038 Acceptable
Little Flowers English School 725 Acceptable
New Indian Model School 6,765 Acceptable
The Central School 2,789 Acceptable
The Elite English School 1,066 Acceptable
The Indian International School 1,073 Acceptable
The Kindergarten Starters 4,938 Acceptable
Crescent English School 1,432 Unsatisfactory
Gulf Model School 2,689 Unsatisfactory