The International Baccalaureate is the fastest growing curriculum in Dubai, a new report has revealed.
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“IB curriculum and British curriculum are truly international and are transferable, thus they are popular,” said Natasha Ridge, executive director at Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research.
“You can take the certificate anywhere in the world.
“For most of the UAE population, who are from other countries, they want to know they can use their degree to get into any university anywhere. If they leave the UAE, they can easily transfer to a school somewhere else.”
“Some of [the Indian] schools are not expensive and are doing a very good job. I know Emirati parents in Ras al Khaimah who send their children to Indian schools,” said Ms Ridge.
Competitive tuition fees and focus on core subjects draw pupils to the Indian curriculum, where the average fee at a school is Dh10,766.
IB curriculum is still however considered the gold standard by many, and universities have been known to vie for pupils who have attained the baccalaureate.
While British schools in Dubai charge an average of Dh37,071, IB schools charge an average tuition fee of Dh65,517.
American schools have seen a slight decline in their market share from 22 per cent in 2010 to 18 per cent in 2017. On average, American curriculum schools charge a tuition fee of Dh29,495.
Shehzad Jamal, partner at Knight Frank, said that it is the style of learning and transferable credits that attract pupils to IB schools.
“IB is a curriculum that has quality standards and parents also like that it allows for credits from many universities,” he said.
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