India International School LLC, Schools Zone, Muweilah
• Low fees
• Qualified WSA positive feedback from a minority of parents
• Basic facilities
• Technology seen as an educational threat
• Lack of transparency
• Confused published curriculum
• Muddled mission statement and school values
• Negative whichschooladvisor parental feedback raising concerns at the quality of teaching and whole school educational provision
• No published examination data
Updated December 2016
India International School, Sharjah is a private school located in Muweilah. Currently the school serves students from KG to Grade 9. The school was established in October 2011 by the Pace Group and follows a Montessori curriculum for kindergarten students and an Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum for senior school students. PACE manages a number of other schools in the UAE including the Creative British School in Abu Dhabi and the Gulf Asian English School, also in Sharjah. The school is owned by the PA Education Trust established in Mangalore in 1999.
According to the school’s web site the mission statement of the school is “to mould a creative and enthusiastic generation of mental dynamism.” An introduction to the school by the Chairman and philanthropist, Dr. P.A. Ibrahim Haji, states that “education is not meant for acquiring knowledge and information but translate into action for the convenience of man and human race as a whole” and clarifies that the school will “inculcate the human values also to equip a person to withstand the tremendous pressure of technological advances and the consequence of becoming a prey.”
The Principal, Dr. Haleema Sadia, provides further clarification that the aim is a “qualitative education without compromising moral fibre and ethical values” and that the school “is in a forefront in providing unique opportunities to bloom their dreams ….”
Dr. Haleema Sadia continues that India International School is “fully technologically operated with well-equipped infrastructure and high techno amenities.”
Facilities identified by the school include a “well-stacked library,” “state-of-the-art Science Labs which provide the perfect ambience for brains to collide,” an “auditorium in first floor” with a “massive capacity of 300” and special “smart” classrooms with advanced technology including overhead projectors. Sporting provision comes from an indoor play area, an astro-turf “football ground” and “separate basketball and badminton courts for boys and girl.”
The school’s CBSE application, currently classified as provisional, states that the school is set on a 6.69-acre site with a music room, 2 medical clinics, 3 shaded areas and 3 indoor play areas for games. The school owns a fleet of 35 busses to transport children to and from school at a cost of between DHS3000 and DHS3500 per year according to the distance each child is from the school. The school states that it does not have a swimming pool, dance facilities, a gymnasium or a hostel.
The school employs 29 post-graduate teachers, 44 trained graduate teachers, 58 primary teachers and 2 physical education teachers.
The school does not publish information on the numbers of students educated at the school.
Fee structure is in the value segment set between DHS7000 at FS1 to DHS 10,000 in Year 12.
Students study for the All India Secondary School Examination or CBSE Board Examination in Grades 9 and 10. In Grades 11 and 12 students follow a specialized curriculum based on their being “future inheritors of the earth.” The curriculum is designed to “equip (students) with the essential skills and knowledge to survive the cultural shock this transition involves as they pass into adulthood.”
Concerns about the level of student attainment in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics led the school to issue a compulsory recall of all students for a week of remedial lessons outside school hours in November 2015.
Whichschooladvisor feedback from parents is mixed. Some parents are positive about the school. A majority of parents raise issues ranging from a lack of permanent and consistent teaching staff to poor sanitation and overcrowding.
The lack of an independent school inspectorate in Sharjah makes it difficult for prospective and existing parents to benchmark the quality of school provision. whichschooladvisor argues that this places significant responsibility on schools in Sharjah to be transparent in its publication of school data for parents and authorities to accurately gauge the quality, safety and value of educational provision.
In this case, whilst the India International School does evidence a channel of parental communication through its publication of circulars, the level, meaningfulness and transparency of information, taken as a whole, does not meet a minimum threshold of quality to enable parents to make informed judgments about the efficacy of the school and the quality of education provided to its students.
The lack of transparency also results in whichschooladvisor not being able to properly assess school provision.
On the basis of extremely limited and confusing published information and mixed whichschooladvisor parental feedback, prospective parents are (strongly) advised to visit the school and seek the independent views of a broad spectrum of parents whose children attend the school in deciding whether to consider an application to register their child(ren).
Private (unclear whether for-profit)
YEAR 1: 6,500
YEAR 2: 6,500
YEAR 3: 6,500
YEAR 4: 7,000
YEAR 5: 7,000
YEAR 6: 7,500
YEAR 7: 7,500
YEAR 8: 7,500
YEAR 9: 8,000
YEAR 10: 8,000
YEAR 11: 9,000
YEAR 12: 10,000
YEAR 13: NA
CBSE: All India Secondary School Examination or CBSE Board Examination (Secondary)
Schools Zone, Muweilah, Sharjah
Indian (largest nationality)
PA Education Trust