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Unified holidays for govt schools and universities

Staff Reporter / 17 May 2011

ABU DHABI — As per the ministerial decision issued by the Minister of Education, the 2011-2012 academic year will start on September 4 when all management, teaching and technical staff of all grades shall report back to work. However, classes for nursery school pupils and primary and high school students shall begin only on September 11.

At a joint Press conference held by the Ministry of Education in Abu Dhabi on Monday, it was decided that the commencement of the academic year 2011-2012 for government schools and universities across the country will be unified to guarantee social and psychological stability to families and students.

Humaid Mohammad Al Qattami, the UAE Minister of Education, affirmed that the unification of the academic year falls in harmony with the directives of the leaders who have instructed provision of all means to maintain cohesion and stability of the society, both locals and expats.

The first trimester break will be three weeks, and will begin on December 18, 2011 till Thursday, January 5, 2012. The second trimester will resume on January 8, 2012.

Schools will get a second trimester-end holiday for two weeks starting Sunday, March 25, 2012 to Thursday, April 5. The third trimester will begin on Sunday, April 8.

The school year-end vacation will start on July 15, 2012.

According to the decision, the three term (trimester) scheme will be applied the next academic year on all public schools as well as private schools that follow the ministry’s curricula, institutes of applied technologies, and adult education centres.

Private schools, which do not follow the ministry’s curricula, shall take the above mentioned schedule as a guideline for the start and end of term breaks.                                                  news@khaleejtimes.com

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