538 female students without school WCs

AL AIN — Believe it or not, the Ammoriah Government School in Al Ain, that has as many as 538 female students on its campus, has no WC facilities.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Tue 28 Mar 2006, 10:09 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:35 PM

What passes off as toilets are in a precarious, dilapidated, condition — and the school authorities, rather than face a complete collapse of the facility has decided to close down the school!

The school principal, however, said that the Al Ain Educational Zone (AAEZ), in collaboration with the Al Ain Department of Works, has decided to reconstruct the school which was built in early 1974. But the school reconstruction is expected to be completed by 2009. She added that it is impossible for the students to wait that long without proper toilet facilities on campus.

She highlighted the fact that when the AAEZ formed a committee to check the status of the school toilets, the members suggested absurdly that the toilets must be shut down to protect the students!

Meanwhile, an official from the Al Ain Works Department said during the 2005-2006 academic year, the maintenance expenditure in Al Ain schools overshot the budget by Dh3 million. The 140 schools in Al Ain required Dh20 million for maintenance, he added.

The Ministry of Education sent a foreign expert to assess the condition of various facilities in Al Ain schools. Interestingly, his report mentioned that the worst school in Al Ain was better than the best school in other emirates.

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