Roberta Pennington writes in The National of March 15, 2016 that Seventeen schools to open in Abu Dhabi by 2018, will include two all-girls institutes, and are expected to open in the emirate. Between them they will enrol 24,000 students.

Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) said the schools would help to meet rising demand because the student population is growing at about 5 per cent a year and is expected to reach 283,798 by 2020, reports Pennington. This year, there are 236,800 pupils studying in 186 private schools. “The private sector has been a major strategic partner for Adec and we work together to provide students with opportunities, access, quality and different options,” said Hamad Al Dhaheri, Adec’s executive director of private schools and quality assurance. “That partnership resulted in building more than 56 schools over the past five years and adding more than 70,000 seats, with investments exceeding Dh3 billion.”

He said British, American and Indian curriculum. . .

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