DUBAI — The Minister of Education has asked education zones in all emirates to inform private international schools that they can decide the start date of their academic year and are not obligated to begin after Ramadan.
“Foreign private schools which follow the British and American curriculums as well as the Asian community schools will have the right, and at their discretion, to fix the date of commencement of the new academic year 2009-2010, either after, before or in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan,” said Humaid Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education.
Managements of schools will be notified by the respective education zones and have been asked to approve any letter received from schools on the date of commencing the new academic year. Confusion regarding the re-opening of private international schools arose after a decision by the government to delay the academic year of schools following the national curriculum until the end of Ramadan. Management of many private schools told Khaleej Times that they will reopen on schedule, towards the end of August and have communicated the same to parents through circulars. However, parents continued to be unsure due to conflicting media reports. “A number of these schools had informed the parents through their websites, stating that the study, like the Arabic private schools will begin after the holy month of Ramadan,” he said. Some other schools will re-open at the end of this month.
Fawzia Hassan, Director of the Sharjah Education Zone said the message has already been passed on to the schools in the emirate.