Dubai: Private school enrolment crosses 300,000 students for the first time
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Dubai: Private school enrolment crosses 300,000 students for the first time

Dubai: Private school enrolment crosses 300,000 students for the first time

There was 4.9 per cent enrolment growth since September last year in Dubai’s private school sector, which has 215 schools

The number of students attending Dubai’s private schools has crossed 300,000 for the first time ever. A total of 303,262 students are enrolled in Dubai’s private schools, up from 289,019 in September 2021, representing a growth of 4.9 per cent, according to the Dubai Media Office.

The emirate currently has 215 schools, providing 18 curriculum choices.

The rise points to Dubai’s growing appeal as a lifestyle, business and investment hub, attracting families from across the world to relocate to the city.

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, director general of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: “Dubai’s private schools have consistently focused on improvement and growth, even during challenging times. The record number of students reflects the trust and confidence that families place in schools. School leaders and teachers have come together and collaborated to work towards Dubai’s aspiration to provide every student with a high-quality education grounded in wellbeing.”

Recently released data shows that UK curriculum schools (35 per cent) remain the top choice for students followed by Indian curriculum (26 per cent) and US curriculum schools (16 per cent). Students studying in private schools represent a total of 187 nationalities.

In other news, KHDA announced in March that private schools across Dubai will not be eligible for any fee increase for the 2022-23 academic year. The directive follows the release of the latest Education Cost Index, which measures annual changes in the costs of running a school, including salaries, rent and utilities.

Read: Private schools in Dubai will not increase tuition fee for 2022-23 academic year

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