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Two villa schools to relocate; one will close down

By Preeti Kannan (Our staff reporter) / 9 July 2008

DUBAI — Two schools operating from villas in the emirate would relocate while one would close down in the academic year beginning this September, following an order by Dubai’s educational authorities.

Thirteen schools operating from villas in the emirate were ordered closed during the last academic year after they failed to relocate to a new building.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which supervises public and private schools in Dubai, has issued the order in line with the Ministry of Education’s directives that schools should not operate from villas. |The Chief of Licensing and Customer Relations at KHDA, Mohammed Darwish, said the two schools, Buds Public School and Mirdif Private School, would move to new buildings during the course of the next academic year. However, Pakistani school, Allama Iqbal Islamic School, would be closed during the academic year 2008-09.

The authority said that the Pakistani school had been served the notice of closure as it was in a dilapidated building. A formal notice of closure was given to the school on June 25 since repairs carried out in the building were considered insufficient and the building was deemed unsafe for the 550 children studying there.

The authority said seats had been secured for the pupils at the Pakistan Education Academy and Al Farooq Pakistani Islamic School, which follow the same curriculum.

Darwish said: “We were very pleased to find places for these children because that has made our closure plan possible. We hope this has been communicated clearly to parents, as was agreed before we issued the notice of closure.”

However, the principal of Allama Iqbal Islamic School, Choudhry Nasrullah, said: “We are not in a position to close and cannot issue transfer certificates to students as students are out of the country for their summer vacation.

“We are trying our best to get financial support to build a new premises and hope we can do that soon.”

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