10 new schools opening this year will give parents more choice

Less than a week after the release of the Dubai Schools Inspections results, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has announced that 10 new schools are due to open in Dubai this September. The KHDA believes that these new schools will help parents have more choices.

The 10 new schools will offer British, Indian, IB, French, Canadian and American curriculums. As well as offering varied curriculums the new schools will also have differing price points, which are sure to be welcome amongst parents. At two ends of the spectrum the Newlands School in Al Warqa, which will follow the UK curriculum, will charge fees of between Dhs 19,200 to Dhs 26,400 per year. While the most expensive school on the list, the North London Collegiate School Dubai in Meydan City, (an International Baccalaureate school), will see fees ranging from Dhs 83,000 to Dhs 130,000.

During the 2016-17 academic year, a record 15 new private schools opened their doors to students and parents - more than double witnessed in the previous academic year. With prices between Dhs 15,000 to Dhs 130,000 per annum, the new additions aim to give greater choices to parents across all communities in Dubai.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said that every new school that opens in Dubai "gives parents more choice for their children's education".

"Dubai continues to attract high numbers of new schools and new residents speak of the growth of our economy. The parents and school operators have trust in the quality of education offered here. We're happy to welcome our new schools into an education culture based on collaboration, innovation and wellbeing.”

A recent report stated that Dubai will need an additional 74,500 seats, spanning 50 new private schools within the next three years to meet Expo 2020 demands. And this current trend looks to be fulfilling this need.

Speaking about the new schools set to open in September, Kalthoom Al Balooshi, executive director of education development at KHDA, said: "The new schools opening this September are committed to serving their communities and enabling the success and wellbeing of their students. The schools will offer high-quality teaching and learning across a variety of locations, price points and curricula, and will help to meet the need for more school places in Dubai". www.khda.gov.ae

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