Interesting public vs private education debate in the Gulf.
Abu Dhabi, UAE: The choice of school for an Emirati child in the emirate of Abu Dhabi depends greatly on where their parents want them to attend university, as well as on the perceived quality of education in the public system.
Parents who want their children to attend foreign universities tend to typically opt for private schools, according to most parents who spoke to Gulf News.
Over the last five school years, nearly a quarter of pupils in private schools have been Emirati, according to the 2012-2013 annual report released by the Abu Dhabi Education Council?s (Adec) Private School and Quality Assurance Department. In the 2012-2013 academic year, 49,004 pupils attended private schools.
The greatest number of Emirati private school pupils, estimated at 21,390, is enrolled at American curriculum schools. This figure exceeds 18,126 expatriate pupils at these schools. Other than this, 9,342 Emirati pupils go to British curriculum schools…
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