A total of 31 out of 35 Indian-curriculum schools were inspected by Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) in the latest inspection cycle, with one school rated ‘Outstanding’, 15 rated ‘Good’, five rated ‘Very Good’, nine ‘Acceptable’ and one rated ‘Weak’.
The one school rated Outstanding was GEMS Modern Academy, now with Dubai's highest rating for eight inspection cycles in a row. The Indian High School, failed to regain its Outstanding rating which it lost in 2017/18. It is still rated a Very Good school.
The three schools improving their rating were the Crescent English School which rose from Weak to Acceptable, AMLED School which rose to Good from Acceptable, and Bilva Indian School which also rose to Good from Acceptable. The three improved schools have affected 2,406 students. No schools in 2018/19 declined in rating.
In addition to the three improved schools, the previously unrated GEMS Heritage Indian School received a rating of Good. While, in theory, schools can get higher on their first inspection, in practice no school has - yet.
Fatma Belrehif, CEO of Dubai School Inspection Bureau said, “We can clearly see an improvement in the quality of education on offer in the Indian-curriculum schools and this will further improve student outcomes and achievements in the years to come. The continued progress by Indian curriculum schools reflects the keenness of school leaders to implement inspection findings and improve quality of education in Dubai.”
The KHDA noted factors driving improvements were progress made by schools in leadership, teaching, governance, assessment and self-evaluation. The teaching of Arabic as a secondary language, however, has yet to see comparable improvement, it says.
The number of Indian curriculum schools has increased by 67% during the last ten years, whilst the increase in the student population has been 45%. There are now 79,113 students attending Indian curriculum schools. Breaking it down further:
The full list of Indian curriculum schools, with ratings, may be found below.