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New CBSE school for Dubai next year

Muaz Shabandri / 24 September 2013

More than 3,000 school seats will be created in April 2014 with the opening of a new Indian school in the Al Khail development of Dubai.

The Credence High School will follow the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum and annual fees will range from Dh15,000 to Dh29,000.

Dr Azad Moopen, Chairman of DM Healthcare; Sameer Mohammed, Managing Director of Jaleel Holdings; and Abdulla Nalapad Ahmed, Managing Director, Nalapad Group Overseas, are developing the school at a cost of Dh50 million.

“We want to build a school where parents have a say in the way the school is structured and developed. “Their feedback will form the core DNA of the school and it will help shape the learning and teaching,” said Dr Moopen.

Admissions to the school will open in November this year and recruitment for teaching jobs will also begin during the same period.

Senior teaching staff for the school have already been recruited from India and the school is expected to announce the principal within a month.

“We have travelled all across North India to find some of the best educators for our school and we will shortly announce the academic core of our school,” said Dr Moopen.

Premium schools in Dubai are known to charge fees in excess of Dh20,000 with some schools even charging as much as Dh100,000.

These schools tend to have better facilities, which include larger classrooms, better teachers, sports grounds, and day-boarding facilities.

The Credence High School will be among the first schools in Dubai to lower the cost of premium education by offering kindergarten classes at Dh15,000.

“We are entering the academic year with a completed infrastructure that we can claim to be most modern and sophisticated in the school education domain of Dubai,” said Nalapad Ahmed.

The school will have a floodlit cricket ground adding to its appeal.

Some of the other facilities will include a library with a museum ambience, IT rooms, dance and drama hall with wooden flooring, indoor auditorium and sports facilities featuring a tennis court, badminton court and an athletic-sized swimming pool.

Sports facilities will also include a FIFA approved football pitch with artificial grass and a six-lane athletic track including a 100-metre dash track.

The school’s promoters are hoping to create a chain of schools across the UAE with plans underway to cater to the Indian community in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, too. -muaz@khaleejtimes.com

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