MoE on right track in Zenith case: official

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Education (MoE) would revoke its decision to close down Zenith Training Institute, if there were a mistake from the authorities' side, a top official has said.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Fri 31 Mar 2006, 11:32 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:50 PM

"If we have committed a mistake, we have the courage to acknowledge and correct it. But in the case of Zenith Training Institute, the ministry has followed correct procedures depending upon the reports and data available to us from the educational zone," Juma Salami, Assistant Under-Secretary for Foreign and Private Education told Khaleej Times yesterday. He also assured that the ministry will reinvestigate the issue to sort out the dispute.

Salami was responding to the claims by the owner of the institute that the decision to close down Zenith was a ''gross administrative mistake'' as they have a licence valid up to August 31 this year.

Khaleej Times had earlier reported about the ministry's decision to close down Zenith Training Institute for running unapproved courses, along with two others institutes in Al Ain, namely Al Makkam and Al Nahil.

Official sources cited reasons including issuing of diploma certificates to students that are not approved by the Ministry as reasons for closing down the institute. "The institute offers diplomas in various disciplines that they claim are accredited by foreign educational organisations. But at the end of the day students get cheated as the courses are not approved by the ministry, and hence their certificates can not be attested," said a source at the private education department.

But in a statement issued to Khaleej Times, A. M. Al Hashimi, Principal of Zenith Training Institute claimed that their name was wrongly included in the list of institutes that would be closed down. "Zenith Institute is licensed by the Ministry of Education and is not a college or university and has never claimed to issue diplomas or degrees locally attested by the Ministry of Higher Education.''

''Regarding the certificates issued by Zenith, all courses in IT, Administration and Languages are approved and attested by the Ministry of Education," read the statement.

However, the ministry held that Zenith has been issuing diplomas from foreign universities against the bylaws and that their licence was not renewed until late. "I don't know whether there has been a mistake from the Educational Zone's side in renewing Zenith's licence in haste, that too without notifying us. The Institute has conducted various violations, and the licensing department at the ministry including the private education department have verified these facts and reports concerning Zenith before taking the decision," said Juma., adding that the Abu Dhabi educational Zone had itself prepared reports pointing out those violations.

"At this point, what I can say is that we are ready to reopen and re-verify the issue. However I am pretty sure that the Institution was itself responsible for what had happened," Juma concluded.

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