Delhi Private School Academy to shut down in Dubai
- In a surprise move, Delhi Private School Academy in Dubai will close in 2017.
- The school sent out circulars informing parents about the management's decision.
- The school cited economic reasons for the closure
The Delhi Private School Academy (DPSA) announced its closure in March 2017, when the academic year ends, with the school provider citing "economic reasons" and bad location as the reasons.
The school sent out circulars to the parents on October 17 informing them about the management's decision to shut down.
Running in its fourth year, the school is located in Dubai Academic City, and offers Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) curriculum. It has got an acceptable rating in the annual school inspection.
Dinesh Kothari, CEO of the campus, claimed the parents were unhappy with the location of the school and explained that currently only 426 students were enrolled even when the school had a capacity of 2,500.
The DPSA management, however, is offering them the option to take up seats in their other branches in Dubai and Sharjah.
Kothari says that 300 students have already taken up the offer.
With only two other schools - Gems Modern Academy (GMA), Ambassador School and JSS International School - offering the ICSE curriculum, some parents are concerned whether their children will get admissions for the next academic year. They, however, do not wish to shift within the DPS branches because the curriculums are different in those schools.
In a written statement to Asianet Newsable, Mohammed Darwish, Chief of Regulations and Permits Commission at Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said, “KHDA has approved the school management’s request to discontinue educational services at Delhi Private School Academy from the next academic year.
"The school has already put in place a plan to ensure students affected by the closure can be accommodated in other schools. KHDA is committed to helping the parents and students to ensure a smooth transition."