Concessions for expat pupils at government schools hailed

DUBAI — Parents of expatriate students thanked the Ministry of Education for various concessions extended to them in the matter of fee payment in government schools.

By Mohsen Rashid

Published: Wed 4 Apr 2007, 8:27 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:36 AM

However, several of them complained that government schools rejected the applications of their children on the ground that the infrastructure in the school was not capable of accommodating more students.

The government rule that the percentage of expatriate students in a school should not exceed 20 per cent was also cited as reason for rejecting the applications of students.

Ibrahim Salim, one of the parents, welcoming the government move, said the real problem was in the refusal of government schools to admit expatriate students on one pretext or the other.

Samir Salim, another parent, thanked the Ministry of education for the various concessions to the parents, especially in the matter of fee payment.

However, he complained that two government schools refused to admit his children for the above stated reasons.

Another parent Kamal Abdel Aziz also complained that his children could not be admitted in a government school as its management said facilities at the school were not enough to accommodate more students.

Abdullah Ali Mazrouai, director of Washah School of Sharjah, said the school had received many requests from the expatriates to admit their children in the next academic year, especially after knowing the concessions offered to them by the Ministry of Education. He, however, pointed to difficulties in accepting more students at the school.

Abdullah Ali Mazrouai suggested amendments enabling the schools managements to open more classes if the school is equipped with the needed building space and teachers.

He said admission of children of expatriates would promote competition and improve educational performance in schools.

Ibrahim Al Hawsany, director of the secondary school of Hamid bin Abdul Aziz School of Ajman, said the school will not receive applications from expatriates.

He said expatriate students in the school constituted 45 per cent which is far above the 20 per cent limit set by the government. Hence no more expatriate students in the school. he added.

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