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Dubai Private Schools Group

Dubai Private Schools Group (DPSG)

The Dubai Private Schools Group (DPSG) is an organisation of private schools and school operators in Dubai formed by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (now just Dubai Chamber).

In a press release from the DPSG 10 November 2009, His Excellency Engineer Hamad Buamim, Director General of the Dubai Chamber, said "The Dubai Government accords the highest priority to strengthening the education sector, with the private enterprise playing a crucial role in shaping it. Together we will work to further enhance the quality of education provided. ... In addition to serving as a forum for discussion, DPSG will identify key issues and work with the relevant agencies on policy matters. Through its incorporation under Dubai Chamber, we will also help strengthen dialogue with the Government including the Ministry of Education and Knowledge & Human Development Authority."

And in the same press release, Brigadier Sharafuddin, Chairman of the DPSG, said "DPSG aims to build closer relationships with various curriculum schools and government schools, and work towards strengthening development strategies and education planning for private sector education."

Dubai Private Schools Group goals ...

... statements from the DPSG press release 10 November 2010

Dubai Private Schools Group members

As of November 2009, there are 30 members of the DPSG representing 40% of the private school student population of Dubai (DPSG press release 10 November 2009). Some DPSG members represent more than one school, for example GEMS which has 25-30 schools existing or planned in Dubai.

Membership of the DPSG is open to all private schools in Dubai according to the same press release. Names of some school members reported in the Khaleej Times 11 June 2009:

Updated list of DPSG member schools (March 2011) (unconfirmed)
Dubai Private Schools Group executive committee, board of directors and management (as of 10 November 2010)
Person Position School
Brigadier Sharafuddin Al Sayed M H Sharaf Chairman Al Mawakeb Academy
Mr Adonis Nasr Vice-Chairman AMSI (Al Mawakeb)
Mr Sunny Varkey Vice-Chairman GEMS Education
Mr Avi Bhojani Treasurer Dubai International Academy
Professor Ralph Tabberer Secretary GEMS Education
Dr B R Shetty Member Deira Private School
Ms Aparna Varma Member Dubai Scholars
Mr Sanjay Mankani Member Regent International School
Mr Abdul Salam Mohammad Member Pristine School
DPSG formation

The DPSG was first announced in a 08 June 2009 press release from the Dubai Chamber which planned to form the DPSG as one of its 22+ business groups. This followed some comments in May 2009 from Mr Sunny Varkey of GEMS education after the KHDA refused to allow a previously permitted 45% fees increase at Mr Varkey's new Dubai Modern High School, because it wasn't complete in the opinion of the KHDA. Around the same time there were also disgruntled comments from many about the KHDA inspection process and in particular the linking of fees increase limits to the school rating.

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