The Education System in UAE
UAE Education System
Dubai:In the UAE, education is compulsory for all Emiratis children aged five and above, including expat residents. Primary and secondary education in state institutions is provided free for every UAE national up to the age of 18.
The UAE education system is a four-tier system.
Nursery Education – Nursery education in Dubai begins at a tender age with children of eighteen months to two years getting admitted to nursery schools. Basic English language speaking skills are developed in students of this age group.
Kindergarten Education – Children of four to five years are admitted to Kindergarten where they get taught various subjects like English, Arabic, Mathematics, Music, and Art. At this level ‘Religion’ is also part of the syllabus and students are taught their respective religion.
Primary Education – Students admitted to primary school are generally around six years. English is the main language of instruction in most primary schools. However, many other schools teach in Arabic and some in foreign languages such as Hindi, French as well Russian.
Secondary Education – After completing primary school, students move to secondary or high schools. There are two kinds of high schools in Dubai, the ordinary schools that focus on academic subjects and the technical schools which focus on imparting specific skills in students.
Although the Emirates have several excellent accredited universities and other tertiary education institutions like the United Arab Emirates (UAE) University and Zayed University, most expatriates prefer to send their children back to their native country or Western nations such as Australia and U.K for higher education.
Continuing the technology-in-education focus is the Vision 2021 National Agenda, through which the UAE seeks to develop an excellent education system by completely transforming the current education system and teaching methods. The National Agenda aims for all schools and tertiary institutions as well as students to be equipped with Smart systems as a basis for all teaching methods, projects and research.
The new UAE education model envisages internationally accredited bilingual teachers to cater to the growing UAE population and expatriates moving to the Emirates.
Popular Schools in UAE
There are many international schools in UAE to meet the demand for education by the increasing number of expatriate communities. These schools offer different syllabi ranging from Indian CBSE, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education ICSE, A-level programs, to the British General Certificate of Secondary Education GCSE, as well as International Baccalaureate (IB). The most popular schools for expatriates in Dubai include:
Dubai English Speaking Private College
Dubai International Academy
Gems Dubai American Academy
Gems Jumeirah Primary School
Gems Modern Academy
Gems Royal Dubai School
Indian Schools in Dubai
With a significant percentage of Indian expatriates residing in Dubai, there are several Indian schools as well in Dubai’s education sector. These are some of the most popular Indian schools with the Indian expatriate community in Dubai.
The Indian High School – The Indian High School was started in 1961 as the first school to incorporate Indian syllabus in its curriculum. It is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and has been awarded outstanding ratings by Dubai’s Knowledge Human Development Authority (KHDA).
Delhi Private School – Also known as DPS, the Delhi Private School, is one of the best and the most sought-after Indian Schools in Dubai. DPS imparts CBSE based curriculum to the pupils.
GEMS Modern Academy – GEMS Modern Academy is another top Indian school in Dubai. The school was started in 1986. It is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School of Certificate Examinations.
GEMS Our Own English High School – Founded in 1968, the OOEHS is among the oldest educational providers in Dubai that still maintains its popularity among the Indian expatriates. The school is affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education.
Documents for UAE School Admission
You need the following documents to register your child successfully at one of the Dubai schools or colleges.
Application forms from the school.
Copies of student and parent’s passports and Dubai visa pages.
Passport photos of the student.
Copies of student’s birth certificate.
School records for the last two years.
Health card or evidence of medical insurance.
Immunization records and medical history.
A transfer certificate or letter of recommendation from the student’s previous school.
Some schools may require your child to compete in an entrance exam and to go through an interview.