The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) have announced that with the creation of eight new schools in Dubai by September 2020 – five of which will open in September 2019 – 13,000 new seats will be created, The Gulf News reports.
Mohammad Darwish, CEO of Permits and Compliance sector KHDA, said: “The opening of eight new schools by 2020 will further strengthen Dubai’s private education sector and add to the wide variety of education offerings available to parents.
“A total of five schools will welcome students from the new academic year this year and an additional three are expected to open next year.”
Presently Dubai has a total of 211 private schools, where an overwhelming majority of students attend private schools as opposed to public schools.
The schools opening this year are locate in Al Twar 2, Al Qusais, Jumeirah Village Triagle, Al Quoz and Jebel Ali.
The KHDA have not named the schools opening this year, however, the report indicated that they will include Ambassador International Academy (a UK-IB school in Al Quoz) and Al Salam Community School (a UK school in Al Twar 2).
New schools in Dubai to provide greater access to education
Darwish added: “Every new school adds to the variety on offer in Dubai and empowers parents with choice. Dubai has seen steady increase in the number of schools offering good or better quality education, with an increase from 38 schools in 2008 to 119 this year.”
The KHDA says that building new schools in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is in response to strong parental demand for innovative education offerings as newer schools focus on niche areas ranging from environmental education, sustainability and arts to innovation and technology.
The projection shows that five new schools will open for the 2019-2020 academic year and three new schools for the 2020-2021 academic year.
This follows the opening of a dozen new schools in Dubai in September 2018 which created a further 25,000 seats, and 21 new schools in the last three years.
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