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KHDA Dubai school inspection reports 2008-2009

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List of DSIB KHDA inspection reports for Dubai schools 2008-2009

The Dubai School Inspections Bureau (DSIB) is the school inspection department of the KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority of Dubai). The first KHDA school rankings were carried out during the 2008-2009 academic year, and published in April and May 2009. A list of schools with KHDA report ratings is below.

Number of schools
02 April 2009 6 34 25 4
16 May 2009 14 63 41 0
Total as of 16 May 2009 22 97 66 4
Public (government) schools 5 43 32 0
Private schools 17 54 34 4
Total as of 16 May 2009 22 97 66 4
Dubai schools with KHDA Outstanding ratings 2008-2009
School KHDA rating Dubaifaqs satisfaction rating
    02 April 2009   16 May 2009
    Students Parents Teachers   Students Parents Teachers
JESS Arabian Ranches Outstanding  
Jumeirah College Outstanding  
Jumeirah English Speaking School Outstanding  
Kings Dubai* Outstanding  

*Kings Dubai ratings for 02 April 2009 from very few votes on Dubaifaqs and should not be assumed to be very representative.

Dubai schools with KHDA Good ratings (02 April 2009 and 16 May 2009 reports)

Second row of table is for Indian and Pakistani schools in Dubai with KHDA results released 17 February 2010 (there were none with an "Outstanding" rating).

Dubai schools with KHDA Acceptable ratings (02 April 2009 and 16 May 2009 reports)
Dubai schools with KHDA Unsatisfactory ratings
School KHDA rating Dubaifaqs satisfaction rating
    02 April 2009   16 May 2009
    Students Parents Teachers   Students Parents Teachers
Al Ameen Private School Unsatisfactory        
Al Basateen Kindergarten - Hatta Unsatisfactory              
Al Falah Model Private School Unsatisfactory              
Al Hesn Private School Unsatisfactory              
Al Hudaibah Girls Primary School Unsatisfactory              
Al Khulafaa Al Rashideen Primary Boys School Unsatisfactory              
Al Maaref Private School Unsatisfactory              
Al Maktoum Boys School - Cycle 2 Unsatisfactory              
Al Shorouq Private School Unsatisfactory        
Al Watan Al Arabi School Unsatisfactory              
Arab Unity School Unsatisfactory  
Deans International School Unsatisfactory  
Dubai American Scientific School Unsatisfactory        
Dubai Arab American Private School Unsatisfactory        
Dubai First School Unsatisfactory        
Dubai Grammar School Unsatisfactory  
European School of Dubai Unsatisfactory        
Mirdif Private School Unsatisfactory          
Mohammed Noor Boys Primary School Unsatisfactory              
Star International School Al Twar Unsatisfactory  
The Oxford School Unsatisfactory  
United International Private School Unsatisfactory        
Indian and Pakistani schools   17 February 2010    
Al Majid Indian School Unsatisfactory        
Buds Public School Unsatisfactory        
Little Flower Indian School Dubai Unsatisfactory        
Al Farooq Pakistani School Unsatisfactory        
Pakistan Education Academy Unsatisfactory        
Dubai school inspections comments for 2008-2009

Note that it is not unusual to see major discrepancies between the KHDA ratings, and the Dubai school ratings on the information pages here. For example, half of the KHDA "unsatisfactory" schools are rated by students, parents and teachers as better than the KHDA "outstanding" Jumeirah College. The KHDA ratings are determined by inspectors, while the Dubaifaqs ratings are determined by students, parents and teachers. All 4 groups have different measurement criteria and influences. What conclusions can you draw from the disparity between Dubaifaqs satisfaction ratings and the KHDA ratings? Well, for one, bear in mind that voting on Dubaifaqs is a bit of a free for all, so any ratings that just don't look right, probably aren't. And it might be reasonable to conclude that the KHDA ratings indicate that the DubaiFAQs ratings are nonsense and should be ignored. But tell us what you think. Add a comment to the KHDA school inspection topic.

KHDA and school fee increases in Dubai

Up until 2009, schools in Dubai were limited to a 16% increase in school fees every 2 years. Sometimes exceptions were made for schools moving to new premises, for example the Dubai Modern High School in March 2009. Other schools may choose to forego the right to a fees increase in lieu of no rent increase on the land on which they are situated. This table lists the annual (not biennial) fees increase for 2009-2010 permitted by the KHDA depending on the school rating for 2008-2009. In 2010 though, the KHDA said schools should not increase fees unless there were exceptional circumstances.

Annual fees increase
Parent satisfaction survey Dubai Schools

The KHDA released results on 12 May 2009 of a survey of Dubai parents and their satisfaction with Dubai schools, or what they thought their children thought (why the KHDA didn't survey the students is unknown), based on rating 16 statements such as "My child enjoys being at school", "My child is treated fairly in the school". There were 30,000 parents surveyed of which 22,000 replied. About 90%-95% of them thought their children enjoyed being at school and were receiving a good education, which seems to jar somewhat with the parent satisfaction ratings seen for Dubai schools. The complete results were not made available by the KHDA, just a summary in a press release.

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