The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) says Dubai schools need to significantly improve their standard of Arabic education, both for native Arabic speakers and students learning it as a second language.
According to their report, released after recent school inspections, they have concerns over stagnant school ratings and over how Arabic – which is mandatory requirement in UAE schools – is taught.
The KHDA inspected 77 schools in Dubai, of which only eight schools saw an improvement in ratings. Many schools still rated poorly, their report said, and lacked proper processes to self-evaluate their educational standards.
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Twelve schools ranked outstanding, 34 ranked good, 23 ranked acceptable and eight ranked unsatisfactory.