Abu Dhabi school still holds back results

ABU DHABI - Nearly a month after Khaleej Times had reported on a school in the capital holding back the results of its students, no headway has been made in the case.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Tue 20 Apr 2004, 12:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:06 PM

The parents said that their children were still unable to attend classes.

The worried parents whom this reporter met at the Ministry of Education and Youth said that their children were still at home as the school management was still demanding that the parents first pay their dues.

The controversy was sparked off when the school, all of a sudden, decided to withdraw the concessions on bus and tuition fees extended to the third and fourth child of the same family, studying in the school. The parents were asked to pay tens of thousand of dirhams as outstanding amounts and were also allegedly threatened by the school authorities. Citing non-payment of the fees, the school refused to announce the results of the students until the parents made the full payment.

"It has been more than a month since the new academic year has started and our children are stranded. We can't even move them to a new school because the management is refusing to give a Transfer Certificate until we clear all the dues," said a parent. According to them, the management is refusing to budge even after the ministry officials have given strict direction to the owner of the school.

An official at the Private Education Department said that there is practical difficulty in resolving the issue as the parents have no written proof for the fee structure followed by the school, which states that the third sibling will be given a fifty per cent discount on both the tuition and bus fees and the fourth will study totally free.

But parents on the other hand still cite their children's fees card as proof of their payment of the full amount. However the ministry has asked the school principal to submit the fees structure in writing and directed her to exempt the parents from payment as the renewed fees should be levied starting from the new academic year that began from April 2004.

It seems that the school is playing hide and seek by agreeing to cooperate when asked by ministry officials on the phone and later bargaining with the parents when they directly approach them for the result. The last resort, the parents feel, is that the ministry should call upon the school and facilitate a meeting with the parents to solve the issue.

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