MoE lifts curbs on changing curriculum

DUBAI — The Ministry of Education (MoE) has lifted all restrictions on students switching from one curriculum to another, especially between British and American curricula, in foreign curriculum private schools.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Sun 16 Sep 2007, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:11 AM

There is no need for the parents to file any affidavit declaring responsibility for the transfer, said Ali Mihad Al Suwaidy, acting assistant under secretary for Private Education in the MoE, after a meeting with Ismail Mohammad, acting director of Private Education.

Ismail Mohammad reviewed the complaints from some parents about schools refusing to honour transfers between curricula. The parents had also complained that educational zones were not approving such transfers without written undertakings from the parents.

Ali Mihad said a parent is entitled to transfer his or her kid from one curriculum to another. The parents can also change their mind and transfer the students back to the old curriculum. Only requirement is that the educational zone concerned will have to be informed about the move by the school administration in order to update their student files.

Ali Mihad clarified that in the past, no approval was granted for any curriculum transfer. However, after receiving many complaints from parents who wish to change the curriculum of their children for their improvement, the Private Education Department came up with the solution that required the parent to provide a written undertaking.

The MoE decided yesterday to allow switching of curricula without any restrictions, including the number of such transfers.

According to Ismail Mohammad, most of the requests for transfers are between the British and American curricula, pointing out that parents are well aware of the academic good of their children.

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