Students seeking attestation of certificates left high and dry

ABU DHABI — Some private schools in the capital have not deputed any administrative staff on duty during the holidays, leaving students and parents seeking certificate attestations at the Ministry of Education high and dry, Khaleej Times has learnt.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Mon 25 Jul 2005, 10:10 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:54 PM

According to some parents, the ministry has refused to accept the certificates on grounds that the school needed to amend some details in the mark list or on the certificate. And for that, they need to wait for a month more since there was no one in the school to handle the matter.

When this was brought to the notice of authorities, an official at the Foreign Private School Department said that before the end of the academic year, the department had sent a circular to all private schools directing them to retain some administrative staff during the vacation time so as to avoid inconvenience to both officials and students.

"We had advised them to approve holidays for their administrative staff in such a way so that while some people are away, others are in charge, and they can leave during the second half of the summer after the first group takes charge," said the official.

On the grievances of students and parents who are held back in the country for not getting their certificates attested, the official said they have been trying to get in touch with the schools concerned but in vain.

"In some schools, there is nobody to answer the calls. What we hear is just the recorded voice which tells you that the school is closed for summer holidays and will reopen only in September," the official said, adding they were helpless since the ministry cannot endorse certificates or mark lists without the schools clarifying some details and complying with directions.

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