OOEHSOur Own English High School (Dubai)
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The operator of both OOEHS branches -- GEMS Education -- did not reveal what standards it expects its small army of teachers to meet, or what salaries and benefits they take home.
Since inception, OOEHS Dubai has followed the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education, India) curriculum and the school consistently maintains results well above the national average.
Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS said that the success and broad appeal of OOEHS Dubai as a community school is what encouraged GEMS to replicate this model all over the UAE.
OOEHS were the outright winners in the girls' under-14 and under-16 and boys' under-14 categories, while taking second place in the boys' under-11 and third positions in the boys' under-16 and girls' under-11.
All credit to the school authorities and to the students for putting in the hard work and maintaining our place at the top of the overall standings," Indu Singh, coach for the girls teams, Gems OOEHS, told Gulf News.
The [airconditioning] at OOEHS, Abu Dhabi is operating normally and we refute any claims that there have been recurring problems with the AC system every summer.
In his ardent pleas to the authorities for the restructuring of fees, GEMS Chairman Sunny Varkey had said that old Asian schools like OOEHS that charge an average of Dh5,000 annually as fees are losing their teachers to new schools that charge an average of Dh15,000 as fees.
A group of teachers from OOEHS, Sharjah wrote to Gulf News stating that "the sole purpose of increasing school fees as mentioned by the GEMS to the parents was to motivate the class teachers by offering decent revision to the wages, which would have a positive impact on the educational standards".
Though not the one to be finicky about a few marks lost or gained, Renuka Menon, mother of topper Amritha, also from OOEHS, has mixed feelings about the recent changes implemented by the CBSE.
OOEHS Al Ain who won the toss elected to bat, posting an imposing total of 152 for 5 wickets in their stipulated 25 overs.
So intense the match was that in last 2 overs with 24 runs to get, OOEHS Al Ain had the fright of their lives as middle order batsman Ebrhaim's 24 runs belted the bowler all round the wicket.