Parents complain against closure of literary section

DUBAI — Parents of 15 students from a private school in Dubai have lodged a joint complaint with Ali Mehad Al Sweidi, Ministry of Education's Assistant Under-Secretray for private education, alleging that the school management shut down the literary section of Grades XI and XII without any notice.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Sun 20 May 2007, 8:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:26 AM

While seeking intervention by MoE and Dubai Education Zone, the complainants warned the school of legal action.

Without citing any reason, the school had, in a letter to the parents, requested them to shift their wards to another school.

In several meetings with the principal, the harried parents tried to persuade her to change her mind as most of the students had been studying in the school from the nursery stage. They requested the management to put off the closure to the next academic year. The principal, however, firmly rejected their request.

The parents, who gave copies of the complaint to the principal and Dubai Education Zone (DEZ) officials, pointed out that the decision's timing was not right because the students were preparing for the final examination of the current academic year. Moreover, the school had not given any reasons for closing the literary section, they alleged.

While conceding that the management had every right to take whatever decisions it deemed fit, the parents demanded that while taking such a decision the school also have taken into account the interests of the students.

"Notifying us about the decision at such a critical time will not enable us to seek an alternative school as we are planning to go to our countries on vacation," the parents said.

It is reported that parents of one of the students last Thursday met Minister of Education Dr Hanif Hassan who directed Assistant Under-Secretary Al Sweidi to pursue the matter with Knowledge Authority and the Dubai Education Council. Al Sweidi promised that the matter would be resolved soon.

Citing financial reasons behind the decision, the school principal said she was ready to face any authority to justify the closure of the school's literary section.

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