Student enrolment at Dubai’s private schools has increased by 10,000, a rise of 3.9% since September 2020, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) has revealed in its latest data report on private education in Dubai. Moreover, for the first time since schools re-opened in September, more students (52%) are engaging in face-to-face learning than in distance learning.
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA, explained: “Parents have always had the choice of distance or face-to-face learning for their children. It’s great to see that parents have placed their confidence and trust in schools and that the government’s safety protocols continue to be rigorously implemented. It’s also great that students are able to spend time with their friends and teachers in person every day.”
For the first time since the re-opening of schools, more students (52%) are engaging in face-to-face learning than distance learning
97% of eligible school staff have had at least one Covid-19 vaccination
The report incorporates new data on early childhood education in Dubai that is expected to help enhance the growth and quality of the sector in the months and years to come. These up-to-the-minute figures include the number of Early Childhood Centres (ECCs) in Dubai, their teachers, and the students who attend them.
Newly released data puts spotlight on early childhood education
More than 10,000 children were attending 169 private ECCs in Dubai, also known as nurseries or early learning centres, as of June 2021. Eight additional early childhood centres are expected to open by the end of 2021.
Dr Abdulla Al Karam said: “The first five years of our lives form the foundation for the kind of adults we will become. High-quality early childhood education and care are crucial to creating a happy and healthy population, as well as a dynamic and future-focused Dubai. By gathering and sharing data on this sector, we hope to give it greater visibility and encourage even more growth. We’re grateful to all the centres we’ve worked with so far, and we look forward to deepening our relationship with them for the benefit of our youngest children and their families in Dubai.”
Eight new early childhood centres expected to open this year; 10,000 children are attending 169 private early childhood centres in Dubai
Further data released in the report include:
• 92% of teachers at early childhood centres have teaching qualifications
• 10 new schools will open in the 2021/22 academic year
• 61% of courses offered by training institutes in Dubai focus on professional and management training
KHDA also revealed that 97% of eligible school staff have had at least one Covid-19 vaccination.