Two new pvt schools to open on Sunday

The start of classes for the two new private schools operated by the UFE has been moved to next Sunday due to some unfinished maintenance works on the government school buildings.

By Olivia Olarte

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Published: Sun 12 Sep 2010, 10:52 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:41 PM

UFE previously announced that classes will start today. “We have some maintenance (works) that were not finished and we want to make sure that everything is completed before the students come, that the school is fit for them,” Kasey Conrad, education consultant and policy specialist at Universal Future Education (UFE), told Khaleej Times.

UFE, a school management and consulting firm in Abu Dhabi, has won the bid last month to operate the low-cost schools that follow the Ministry of Education curriculum and the American/Philippine curriculum.

The 21st Century Private Academy (formerly named Abu Dhabi Philippine Academy) in Muroor has a water leakage requiring the water line to be switched off for a week, but because of the Eid holiday, no one was available to fix them. “It was really bad timing to finish our project,” said Conrad. In addition, the school building also needs some finishing touches as well as cleaning and landscaping of the premises. In addition, the new school’s name sign board has yet to arrive within this week. The new school in Baniyas, renamed Middle East Private School (formerly UFE Private Academy), has also some building issues including maintenance, final painting touch ups and cleaning. It was also awaiting the arrival of the new school name sign board.

But Conrad was confident that by Sunday, everything will be ready. “I think we’re going to be prepared,” she said. For the meantime, both schools are currently busy preparing for student orientation on the first day of classes. Conrad said a map will be posted at the schools’ boards for students to easily find their classrooms and identify their teachers. The 21st Century has already into its rolls more than 720 students, 60 percent of whom were from the closed down Pioneers International Private Schools.

“Forty percent of our students came (directly) from the Philippines or from other Philippine schools here, but that may change in future as more students are still registering everyday,” said Conrad. She added that the school will continue to accept enrollees even after classes has started provided the availability of space and student eligibility. Thirty-two teachers and five teaching assistants for Kindergarten classes were hired for the Philippine school for this term; however, a few were on standby to be hired in case of more student turnout.The Muroor school can accommodate up to 1,300 students.

The Middle East Private School meanwhile has some 180 students at present, but Conrad said they expect to have 300 enrollees by the end of September.

“We’ve experienced a rush for parents to enroll their kids three days before the Eid. (And) we expect more today and the days to come,” said Khalil Al Saifi, vice principal of the Baniyas school. Conrad said the rush before the holiday has resulted in some 30 new students for the Arabic school.

“We anticipate more late registrations after the holiday, partly because some of them are out of the country celebrating Eid,” added Conrad.

The private school in East Baniyas will have separate sections for boys and girls and can accommodate up to 1,100 students.

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