Whether it is a primary school in Dubai or a higher education provider, new data showed that the city continues to prove why its education is considered to be one of the best in the world.
Data from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority showed that the performance of private schools in Dubai aligned with National Agenda targets. In fact, the schools achieved certain targets that were initially expected to be accomplished by 2021.
Private grade eight schools Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015 (TIMSS), which is held every four years, performed on the same level with schools on the to 15 countries. In the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 — held every three years — Dubai schools were also on par with schools in the top 20 countries in reading and in science.
Dubai’s high rankings in TIMSS and PISA also marked a new milestone. For the first time, 13,000 students that participated in TIMSS surpassed the international average of 500 points. Those that took part in PISA were found to have improved six points in science, four points above the global average. In reading, they improved by eight points to put them at the global average.
Abdulla Al Karam, KHDA director-general, said that academic leaders played a significant role in helping Dubai become a leading destination for learning and education.
Not Just Academics
Schools in Dubai and the rest of UAE such as Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai do not only aim to excel in the academic field, but also look out for the well-being of its students. The academic community has recognised that issues such as teen smoking prevent students from reaching their full potential.
Since teens are vulnerable to peer pressure, some schools have introduced peer counselling programmes as well as raising awareness on the dangers of smoking tobacco.
Parents should also aim to figure out what drives their child to adopt the bad habit since schools are, as what we call, a student’s second home.