Pak mission schools issue to be resolved

DUBAI - Officials from the Pakistani consulate and educational authorities yesterday denied any uncertainty or closure of its mission and embassy schools in the UAE, contrary to reports that they could be closed at the end of the academic year.

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Published: Tue 22 Apr 2008, 10:59 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:54 PM

Pakistan's Consul-General in Dubai, Chaudhary Abdul Hamid, denying the prospect of a closure, told Khaleej Times, "It is absurd to believe that such a huge number of students would be affected. This is not true."

He said the matter was pending with Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) and could be resolved probably within 10 days. "The time is until July but, the matter can be resolved within 10 days," he added.

The CG pointed out that the Dubai mission had forwarded several options to the FO. "Matters like registration and sponsorship of schools, including handing them over to private businessmen, are with the FO and they know the seriousness of the matter. Whatever is finalised, it will be announced soon," he added.

The delay in finalising the matter, Hamid explained, was partly due to maintaining the current fee structure.

"We cater to a different category, and being mission schools, we do not want to increase the fee. Therefore, we have been looking at ways to settle the issue. If this was the case, all mission schools in the country would be affected," he added.

Even though the Ministry of Education had issued the notice earlier, individual educational authorities in each emirate are working with all mission and embassy schools, including Pakistan, in the UAE.

Officials from Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) which oversees education in Dubai said, "We are not going to shut down any school over this issue. Schools are being encouraged to find private sponsors. However, they are not at any risk of being closed. There should be no anxiety on the part of the parents."

Fawziah Hassan, Director of Sharjah Education Zone, also said, "There is no decision to close down embassy or mission schools as they provide essential services to the community and students. We are in talks with the Pakistani consul-general."

Schools, on the other hand, have already started registering students for the new academic year. Asma Malik, Principal of His Highness Shaikh Rashid Al Maktoum Pakistan School, Dubai, said, "The school is running smoothly and we have even started admitting students for the next academic year."

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