Dubai principals eye rethink on school inspection model

Several school heads said that annual inspections are too regular and a better, more targeted system could be deployed.

DUBAI // School principals say Dubai’s education regulator should streamline its inspection process.

The Dubai School Inspections Bureau (DSIB) inspects all private schools in the emirate every year, but at the National Agenda conference yesterday, many principals said alternatives should be examined.

“I think one inspection every three years would be enough,” said Hyacinth Pulickan, principal of Buds Public School in Muhaisnah. Others suggested more targeted inspections of certain aspects of a school.

“There is a lot of pressure on staff during inspection times because every year the entire school is being looked at,” said a deputy principal in a British school.

“But a better way could be to instead look at areas that are failing or need improvement on an annual basis, and then look at the things that are being done well every few years.”

Schools that are doing well should be inspected less often than those that are failing, he said. “[But] we have a set of very demanding targets we need to meet by 2021 and I guess you can understand the KHDA’s desire to push schools to reach that.”

Published: June 2, 2015 04:00 AM