The Abu Dhabi Education Council, ADEC, has allocated 18 thousand school seats for students in 14 new private schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain for the academic year 2014/2015.
Hamad Ali Al Dhaheri, ADEC Executive Director of Private Schools and Quality Assurance Sector, said that the number of seats that the council was able to guarantee has exceeded their private school target for the year. "The provision of such a large number of school seats comes as result of the council's efforts to boost investment in the private education sector by facilitating the granting of licenses, land provision and making information more available to investors," he said.
Al Dhaheri went on to explain, "These initiatives are part of the general school plans aimed at reducing the gap between the supply and demand in public and private schools in Abu Dhabi." The Executive Director said that ADEC also plans to provide more seats to serve the growing demand for places, which is seeing a seven percent increase annually.
"There are more than 18 extra private schools currently in the pipeline, which will accommodate more than 20,000 students once complete," said Al Dhaheri.
The 14 new schools include the American, British, Canadian, Indian and Philippines curriculums as well as the Ministry of Education curriculum.