As a secondary school teacher who has been In the ME, at two really good schools, for 9 years, I don’t agree. My daughter spent 7 years in a top Kuwait School and left with amazing grades! She secured a place at a fabulous university. My son was also in the ME and returned to the Uk two years ago. He made better progress in the ME than he has in the past two years. So you need to ensure your kids go to a good school. Being in the ME means that kids aren’t exposed to the same distractions as they are at home. But you must do your homework. There are some good schools and there are some not so good schools!