Malaysia’s largest primary school in the Gulf is reporting more than half of its students have gone to private schools.
In the latest update from Monday, school principal Abdul Aziz Al-Bawaj said nearly a third of students at the Malaysian School of the Arts in Dubai had gone to a private school since January 1, compared to 11 per cent of students in the previous two months.
More: The principal said a third to a quarter of all students at Malay Sulawesi Middle School, a private middle school in Dubai, had gone private in the past two years, compared with 15 per cent in the first three months of this year.
The principal said the average number of students a month in private schools in Dubai is about 7.5, compared in the UAE with 10,000, or 10,300.
He said the number of non-Malaysians who went to a school in a private sector is around 50 per cent, while the number who went into the Malay Gulf region is around 90 per cent.
In its latest report on school attendance in Malaysia, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said the Malayan School of Arts in Abu Dhabi and the Malaya School of Art in Bandar Seri Begawan have more than 600,000 students, with the total enrolment at both schools around 2.5 million.
The Dubai School of Science, which is part of the UAE, has more than 1.8 million students.
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