Another case of student held hostage by a school reopens

DUBAI — The bold and strict decision of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Education, against the Zahret Al Madayen Private School in Al Ain which had held some of its students ‘hostage’ to force their parents to pay the school fees, appears to have encouraged one of the heads of private education to open a closed file on a similar case that had occurred seven months ago.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Sat 11 Jun 2005, 10:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:57 PM

Shaikh Nahyan had reacted strongly when students were held captive in a school.

He had ordered the termination of the services of the school’s management. Now comes, in its wake, reports of a similar incident that happened in the Grammar Private School, the management of which held a seven-year-old girl student till 3.30pm in the school premises after the day’s school closure, to force her parents to pay the school fees.

The student’s parents complained to the Dubai Educational Zone demanding that action should be taken against the school but were disappointed when the Legal Affairs Department of the Ministry of Education limited the ‘action’ to just a warning to the administrator of the school. The head of the private education said that there were similarities in the two cases, but the punishment meted out was completely different, the reason why the case has been re-opened.

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