KHDA Reduces Notice Period For School Inspections

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA

Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has introduced new changes for 2019-20 inspection cycle, including review visits and reducing the duration of notice period.

KHDA addressed school principals at a gathering to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year to inform them about the new changes.

For the academic year 2019-2020, KHDA will conduct review visits for schools that were rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Good’ in the previous inspection cycle, ensuring they continue to provide high-quality education.

A special emphasis will be given on assessing plans put in place by schools to ensure that Emirati students are making progress towards reaching their potential.

Further, following extensive feedback, the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) has reduced the notice period given to schools before inspections begin, from three weeks to five working days.

Explaining the changes, Fatma Belrehif, CEO of the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) says, “After 11 years of inspection, our schools have a deeper understanding of self-evaluation and inspection processes, and are able to engage with the inspection process with a shorter notification period. We have listened to useful feedback from parents, students, teachers, principals and school operators about our school inspections and made some changes to the way we inspect schools.”

Inspections will continue to focus on priority areas, which include the National Agenda, moral education, UAE social studies, innovation, inclusion and reading.


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