Schools in villas given one more year to relocate

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Education (MoE) has extended the grace period given to schools running in villas across the country. The deadline has been moved to September 2008 from September 2007 for schools to reguralise their status by shifting to other premises, according to Ali Maihad Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of Private Education (MoE).

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

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Published: Tue 24 Jul 2007, 9:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:19 AM

Al Suwaidi said: “We had approved the closure of 20 schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and eight in the Northern Emirates in the academic year 2006-2007, but the decision has not been implemented because the schools have been given a grace of another year. Some of these schools have begun construction of new buildings. Hence, after the extended grace period, schools which don’t shift to new premises would be closed.

“In Dubai, the Dubai Education Council is the authority concerned to handle this issue,” added Al Suwaidi.

He said, “We have vacant buildings but we cannot approve using these buildings for schools because they are not safe and need maintenance.”

About 8,000 students of 20 schools in Abu Dhabi will face problems due to the closure of these ‘villa’ schools. The MoE, Abu Dhabi Education Council and Abu Dhabi Educational Zone have a plan to transfer the students to other private schools in the event of closures.

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