Underperforming private schools in Abu Dhabi – graphic


ABU DHABI // The names of 23 private schools banned from registering new pupils because of poor performance were released on Tuesday.

Abu Dhabi Education Council announced last week that schools consistently ranked as weak or very weak under the UAE School Inspection Framework would be prohibited from enrolling new or transfer pupils until they raised their standards to a rank of acceptable – the minimum level required for every school in the country.

The Government inspects the country’s private schools every one or two years, depending on the emirate in which they operate.

Schools are judged on six performance standards: pupil achievement; pupil personal, social development and innovation skills, teaching and assessment; curriculum; protection, care, guidance and support of pupilss; and leadership and management.

The schools are graded on a six-point scale ranging from very weak to outstanding.

Weak schools are defined as those where the “quality of performance is below the expectation of the UAE”, while very weak schools are “significantly below”.

Of the schools identified by Adec’s Irtiqa’a inspectors as failing to meet basic standards, 11 are in Al Ain, seven in Abu Dhabi and five in Al Dhafra region.

Adec said it was working with the schools to improve their standings, by reviewing improvement plans, providing mentoring, sharing best practices and providing access to professional development.

The very weak schools are United School of Baniyas, Al Marfaa International Private and Al Tharawat Private.

The weak schools are Emirates National School Al Nahyan, Modern Private, Al Ain English Speaking, Darul Huda Islamic, Indian Private, Ibn Khaldoun Islamic Private, Dar Al Uloom Private, Asian International Private (Rowais), Adnoc (Madinat Zayed), Global English Private, Crescent International Private, Abdulla bin Zubair Private, Al Sorouh Private, Grace Valley Indian, Bright Riders Branch 1, Sunflower Private, Manar Al Ilm Al Gharbia and Aliaa International.

So far this academic year, Adec has published Irtiqa’a reports for 66 schools inspected between October and February.

Source: The National

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