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Dubai’s Private School Sector Enjoys 14% Enrolment Growth at New Schools

by Eddie Rayner

Dubai’s private school sector demonstrated its resilience with enrolments at new schools showing an increase of 14% in the last academic year.

According to information published by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the 30 new private schools that opened in the emirate between the academic years of 2017-18 and 2019-20 saw student numbers escalating by 14% in the last academic year. 

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of KHDA, said: “Dubai’s school sector faced unprecedented circumstances this year. Despite setbacks, the emirate’s school sector has not only proven its ability to bounce back from challenges, but also recovered stronger and better. New schools continue to open in Dubai, new families continue to move to Dubai, and our educational community continues to deliver a high quality of education.

“We’re grateful to the teachers and school leaders who have been so devoted to their students and their work; to the parents who have placed their trust in Dubai and our schools; and to the students who have shown such courage and optimism throughout this period. Our community will continue to work together in the weeks and months ahead to build a more resilient, future-focused private school sector.”

KHDA’s private school landscape data for the year 2020-21 shows that 53% of all students in Dubai have returned to face-to-face learning, while 47% continue to study through full-time distance learning. Four new schools opened in the current academic year.

Schools have established their ability to deliver learning in a safe and healthy environment in the midst of the current circumstances.

With many schools transitioning to 100% face-to-face learning, confidence among schools and families to return to a normal learning experience is rising.