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2015 UAE Schools Survey: Rising Happiness, Satisfaction

2015 UAE Schools Survey: Rising Happiness, Satisfaction

The WhichSchoolAdvisor.com survey has revealed improvements to the UAE schooling landscape with an increasing number of satisfied parents.

More specifically the survey shows an increasing number of respondents willing to recommend their school to other parents, and a fall in the numbers believing UAE schools represent bad value.

The number who would not recommend their school is now 17.2%, down from 20.9% when the full survey was last conducted in 2013.


Over the course of the last 12 months a slew of new schools have opened across the UAE which have greatly expanded the choices for parents. While the investment in new schools has been uneven in terms of curricula offered and in price point, last year over 20,000 new places became available in 11 new schools. A further six new schools are expected to open in Dubai alone this year.

The positive results do however reflect the skew of new schools targeting parents wanting an England and Wales style education and perceptions of improvement and satisfaction levels are not consistent across curricula. The most likely to recommend their school are parents that send their children to British schools, where 73.87% of respondents would do so. The least likely to do so are parents of children going to Indian curriculum schools. New Indian schools have been few and far between.

Recommended by Curricula

The percentages of parents willing to recommend their school is largely consistent across the emirates, although those in Dubai are least dissatisfied.


Just 14.82% of parents would not recommend their school in the emirate compared to 20% each in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah; while the percentage of Dubai parents who say the education landscape is not improving is just 13.65%, compared to 23.45% in Abu Dhabi and 17.8% in Sharjah.

Satisfaction Emirate

Again, this reflects an increasing choice in Dubai compared to the other emirates of the UAE where less new schools have been built. It also reflects the fact that England and Wales curricula schools (which do well) have a much greater share of students in Dubai (55.29% of respondents) than Sharjah (33%) or Abu Dhabi (39%).

Also moving those figures will be improvements being made to existing schools.

While the number of Outstanding schools in Dubai remained static last year, the numbers in those schools is growing – 21,710 students now study in what are deemed to be Outstanding schools in Dubai, a 6% increase on the 20,435 said to be so in 2012/13. Even more significantly in terms of numbers, 42% of students now study in schools rated Good by the KHDA, up from 38% in 2011/12.

Similar improvements are being made in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.


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Notes: The WhichSchoolAdvisor.com 2015 School Survey was completed by 676 families from across the UAE. The majority of respondents came from Dubai, then Abu Dhabi and finally Sharjah. Outside these three emirates the responses were not sufficient to be statistically significant. WhichSchoolAdvisor.com is keeping the survey running with the aim of being able to benchmark each school against a UAE norm. 


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