Schools get 15 days to correct curricula violations

DUBAI — The Ministry of Education has warned three schools — two under the Sharjah Educational Zone and one under the Dubai Educational Zone — of serious action unless they rectified, within 15 days, curricula violations they had indulged in. The three schools are Far Eastern Private School, Modern Pioneers Private School in Sharjah, and the United International School in Dubai.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 29 Aug 2005, 10:23 AM

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

Sources in the ministry said they had violated rules and regulations governing private education by including the Philippines curriculum when they were licensed for the American curriculum. The ministry has instructed both SEZ and DEZ to issue warnings to the schools, and if they failed to rectify the violations within 15 days from the serving of the warnings, serious action would follow. It has also instructed the two zones not to renew the licences of the three schools unless they modify their curricula.

Meanwhile, in another development, the ministry has sent a communication to the UAE airports Customs authorities asking them not to release any cargo of books to private schools unless the private schools submitted an authenticated letter from the Foreign Private Schools Department of the Ministry of Education. The authenticated letter should state clearly that the schoolbooks had been checked and found suitable for use in the UAE, and that it does not include any material, which does not conform to the UAE society and its traditions.

The letter was issued after a shipment of books delivered to Russian private schools was found, on review, to contain material, which did not conform to the traditions of UAE society, and was hence a violation of ministry instructions. Subsequently, the ministry seized all the books which had objectionable material before releasing 5,062 other books.

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