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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to open school
in Musaffah

T Ramavarman / 10 August 2010

ABU DHABI — Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), one of the leading educational networks of India, is all set to open an English medium school in Musaffah in Abu Dhabi.

Admissions to the new school, to be called Private International English School, will begin on August 15 and regular classes from KG-1 to Class IV will commence on September 19, N K Ramachandran Menon, BVB’S Director for the Middle East, announced at a Press conference here on Monday.

The school will be following the curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of India, and will offer Hindi, French and Sanskrit as second language. “We can also consider giving Arabic as a second language option, if there is need,” Ramachandran said.

“We will have the capacity to admit 1,000 students in the first year from KG to Class IV. The building with 40 classrooms for this is already complete. Next year we will start classes up to Class VIII. By then we would have completed two more building with 120 classrooms, with a 3,500 student  capacity.  When the whole project is complete, the new school will have the capacity to accommodate 4,500 students,” Ramachandran said.

Admissions will be open to students from all nationalities provided they pass the entrance examinations, he said

The maximum strength in each class will be restricted to 25 and the teacher-student ratio will be 1:15, in order to provide special care and personal attention to every student. Ramachandran said the school would meet all the norms of the Abu Dhabi Education Council and has the approval of the Council.

The school will charge Dh8,000 per year at the KG level, Dh10,000 per year for grades 1 to 4, Dh12,000 for Classes V to VIII and Dh15,000 from Class IX onwards. In addition to this, parents will have to pay for the books, uniform and transport. Meritorious students will be given 50 per cent fee subsidy from Class VIII onwards.

“The school will provide its own transport to students and no private transport will be permitted. Parents, of course, can drop their children to the school,” Rajalaxmy Pillai, the principal of the school said.

The day boarding school will have an extended teaching time up to 3.30pm. There will be no homework for the students other than some project works to be done at home. “Our idea is to avoid the need for giving private tuition to the students. There will be special classes for the needy students on Saturdays,” the principal explained.

BVB has a network of 400 schools in India and runs school in countries like the US, the UK, Mexico, Australia, Kuwait and Qatar.

“We propose to start one school in Dubai in April next year and another one in Sharjah in September next year after getting the necessary sanctions from the authorities here. BVB is planning to start one school in Bahrain in next April and another one in Oman in September next year,” Ramachandran said.



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