Dubai College headmaster resignation

The Dubai College headmaster, Dr Carlo Ferrario, has tendered his resignation after becoming disgruntled with the KHDA Dubai schools report which gave Dubai College (DC) a not so hot Good rating earlier this year. DC would be regarded as one of the best British curriculum schools in Dubai by many students, parents, and teachers. Certainly better than Jumeirah College which did manage to get to the top of the class with an Outstanding rating from the KHDA.

Reports in the Khaleej Times, The National, the Gulf News all quoted parts of a letter the Dr Ferrario sent to parents yesterday (25 October 2009?) saying, amongst other things, “The principal reason for my decision lies in the evolving educational landscape in Dubai. Over the past two years this has changed markedly with the level of intervention from external agencies in the operation of the school reaching levels that, in my view, compromise its independence and with which I do not feel comfortable as a headmaster,

Dubai College is located in the Al Sufouh area of Dubai, next door to the International School of Choueifat Dubai, which was apparently just as Good as Dubai College according to the KHDA. Dubai Collegians won’t have been happy about that.

So how would you rate those three schools? In order from best to worst according to the Dubai school ratings on dubaifaqs.com as of 25 October 2009:

  1. Dubai College (rated 4 stars, 4 stars, and 4 stars by students, parents, and teachers)
  2. Jumeirah College (rated 2½, 2½, and 2½ stars)
  3. Choueifat School Dubai (rated 2½, 2½, and 2 stars)
October 26th, 2009

2 Responses to “Dubai College headmaster resignation”

  1. Sameh Khan says:

    Oh well, what can be said?
    I applaud the stand being taken against the ‘monopolization’ of yet another aspect of life in the UAE, but I feel it is to no avail.

    So on a more positive note, I say we all look forward to an upcoming organisation, the ‘KHDA School’, a lovely organisation situated over the entirety of Dubayy under various names and colours. Don’t worry parents, the ‘KHDA School’ can assure you that it will promote the exact same values in every one of it’s branches, effectively ensuring that none of these various branches will have even a tinge of these newfangled atrocities we call ‘originality and motivation’. We may even go as far as to elect a cumulative headmaster.

  2. joanne adib says:

    I really think that DC deserves so much more than a mere ‘good’. If Jumeirah College seems to be an ‘Outstanding’ school, why isn’t it the majority of students amongst Dubai’s first choice of high school to attend. DC is THE oustanding school of Dubai - it doesn’t need an ‘inspection’ to say otherwise.

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