700 apply for 88 places at Abu Dhabi school

Being an employee of one of Abu Dhabi’s private schools I directly feel the growing pains mentioned in the attached article. But as we are a “victim of our own success”, I guess we are somewhat responsible for our own aches. Maybe I, and other education professionals alike, should stop being so amazing… At least then we wouldn’t have to buy all new ‘clothes’ every year.


700 apply for 88 places at Abu Dhabi schoolAbu Dhabi, UAE: Schools in Abu Dhabi are bursting at the seams because of an expanding workforce and a government decree requiring public sector employees to live in the emirate.

One school, Raha International, received about 700 applications for 88 places in its kindergarten year.

The school added extra classes in grades eight, nine and 10 but “every other grade is completely full with a waiting list”, said Jules Murray, its director of development and admissions.

“We took 200 and we said, ‘you’re on the waiting list’. Obviously siblings take priority.” The other applicants were placed on a standby list and will be offered a place only if another pupil drops out.

The capacity of the K-12 International Baccalaureate school has increased to 1,575 from 1,400 last year. It wants to build a second school but plans have been delayed by red tape.

“We’ve had planning permission in for the…

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