The Abu Dhabi Educational Zone has requested the Ministry of Education to permit promotion of a student studying at a private school in Abu Dhabi from class nine to class ten though he failed in the final exam.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Wed 21 Dec 2005, 1:24 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:51 PM

But the zone facilitated his admission to class ten even before it obtained the ministry’s approval.

Officials at the ministry regarded the request as weird, but it is part of the numerous manipulations unearthed recently.

An official letter issued by the Abu Dhabi Educational Zone with the signature of the director, a copy of which Khaleej Times obtained, says it has no objection to promoting the class nine student for the academic year 2004-05 to class ten despite his failure in the exams.

According to the letter, the student was transferred to Abu Dhabi International Private school and admitted to class 10 for the academic year 2005-2006. This clearly shows the Educational Zone did not wait for the ministry’s approval.

An official source at the Ministry’s office in Abu Dhabi said that a document issued by the Ministry and enclosed in the letter showed that the performance of the student had been evaluated by the school’s principal, who said he ought to be in class 10. This shows the student had been given special consideration not granted to other failed students in the same class.

The educational zone has no right to take such action without the approval of the Ministry, and hence it is a violation of the law, he said.

The student is non-UAE national who studies in a school that follows French curriculum.

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