School closure leaves teachers in the lurch

DUBAI — Teachers of Al Jeel Al Sa’aid School were in for a shock when they returned from their summer vacation, and reported for duty only to be told that the school had closed down.

By Mohsen Rashid

Published: Wed 31 Aug 2005, 10:39 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:29 PM

According to sources at the Private Education Department at Dubai Educational Zone, a decision was issued some time ago declaring that Al Jeel Al Sa’aid School, among other schools, would be closed down from this academic year since they had not renewed their licences for years.

The school administration suppressed this information from the teachers, 11 women, and pulled the shutters down without their knowledge during the summer vacation.

The teachers have lodged a complaint with DEZ stating that they had not been paid their end-of-service benefits besides salaries for the months of July and August. The total amount due to them worked out to Dh350,000 including Dh66,000 in salaries.

According to the complaint filed with DEZ, the school administration had terminated the services of two teachers, Razan Badea Oudai and Wafaa Abdul Fattah, last year when they demanded their rights. Subsequently, they approached the court which ordered the school to pay Dh8,000 to one and Dh7,000 to the other. The two, however, went in appeal against the verdict.

The two teachers alleged that the school administration initially bargained with them and then resorted to threats when it learnt that they were knocking the doors of judiciary.

They also alleged that the school management filed a malicious complaint with Bur Dubai Police station accusing them of threatening to set ablaze the school, which, however, was dismissed.

Sources said the holder of the school license, Asmahan Al Suwaidi, had converted the activity listed in the licence from school to nursery, besides transferring it on to her brother Fares Al Suwaidi’s name.

The sources said that the complaint filed by the 11 teachers would be clubbed with the complaint of the two teachers, and would then be coordinated after the Legal Affairs Department completes investigation on it.

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