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Indian curriculum school in Dubai to close due to 'Covid-19 impact'

Nandini Sircar/Dubai
Filed on June 24, 2020 | Last updated on June 24, 2020 at 04.06 pm
Coronavirus, Gems school, Dubai, confirms, closure, financial difficulties

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Last month, Rising School in Nad Al Sheba, which opened in 2017, also stated that it will cease operations on July 2.

A Gems school in Dubai has told its parents that it will close down at the end of the academic year due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

GEMS Heritage Indian School - Dubai which opened four years ago communicated to its parents on June 24, in a letter and a Q&A stating the reasons for its closure as well as assuring its parents that its students will be accommodated in its other sister schools.

In a statement to Khaleej Times, Sir Christopher Stone, Global Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education shared:

"It is with deep regret that GEMS Education has come to the decision to suspend all educational services at GEMS Heritage Indian School in March 2021. It is a sad day for not only students, parents and teachers at GEMS Heritage Indian School, but our entire education family.

"Our commitment is, and has always been, to deliver quality learning for all. The disruption we at GEMS Education, and the entire sector, face today is entirely unprecedented. The reasons and pressures are many; and the truth is that it is incredibly difficult for anyone to predict every challenge we will face.

"The global pandemic has brought about a situation where we have had to carefully consider all options. As a result we are now having to make some extremely difficult decisions that we by no means make lightly - decisions that will enable to us to protect and safeguard the learning of thousands of students within our family, not just now, but well into the future.

"We wish to assure parents and students that GEMS Heritage Indian School will continue to operate as normal until the end of the academic year (March 2021). To ensure minimal disruption for all families, our school and parent relations teams will work very closely with parents and students to arrange seamless transfers to alternative schools within our network.

"We are offering students of GEMS Heritage Indian School places at a variety of CBSE and international curriculum schools with either the same or better ratings. It is because of our continued commitment to delivering the very best education for each child that we are able to offer this range of choices. In doing so, we hope to minimise any undue stress this announcement has caused both parents and students, and we will continue to provide support in any way possible."

Last month, Rising School in Nad Al Sheba, which opened in 2017, stated that it will cease operations on July 2, the last day of term.

nandini@khaleejtimes.com


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