Indian schools are popular among the Indian expatriates in Dubai and soon more schools affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will be opened in this dream city.
Presently, there are five schools affiliated to CISCE in UAE, including three in Dubai while the rest of the Indian schools operate under Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum.
Speaking to a Dubai-based newspaper on the sidelines of inauguration of the new campus of JSS International School, Dr G Immanuel, chairman of CISCE, said, “The CISCE curriculum is in demand and more schools will be opening soon. Some schools have approached us and we are in talks with them and studying their proposals and I can tell you that more CISCE schools are in the pipeline for Dubai.”
He added that earlier there was a perception among Indian parents that CISCE curriculum is not suitable for writing entrance exams for medical and engineering, which is changing now.
Dr Immanuel said, “According to the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), CISCE is the best Indian school curriculum; we are more student friendly as we don’t have a fixed number of subjects. We give students more options and focus on their holistic learning. The recent results have shown that the CISCE students have achieved a higher pass ratio in the Indian Institute of Technology entrance exams as well as in other entrance tests.
The new JSS campus opened at Jumeirah Village Circle can accommodate up to 4,000 students. The school that caters to students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 is equipped with a state-of-the-art auditorium, sports facilities including an Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as a play area for KG students.
“At JSS, we believe that every student is a genius, so it becomes our great responsibility to crest that environment where his/her potential is maximised,” said Lata Nakra, principal, JSS International School.
The other two CISCE schools in Dubai are Ambassador School and Modern Academy.