Dubai, Sep 19 — The academic future of some 1,400 students has been thrown into jeopardy after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities ordered the closure of an Indian School.
The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has ordered the closure of the Indian Islahi Islamic School in Abu Dhabi, effective April 1, 2014, as part of its clampdown on villa schools or schools run on designated residential plots.
The ADEC started the clampdown for avowed safety reasons in 2008 when there were 72 such schools.
Parents and students of the latest school to come on the school regulator’s radar are now a worried lot, according to media here.
“We’re panicking because we don’t know what to do … we all have to rush now and most schools are full, so it’s very difficult on us,” The National daily newspaper quoted Shenooja Niazudeen, a mother of two, as saying.
John Joseph, father of a 16-year-old boy who had been to the school for just one term, expressed shock at the sudden notice.
“I’m really not happy about this because I paid next term’s fee Wednesday and got the notice Thursday,” he said.
Joseph, however, has managed to find a seat for his son in another school at a place that is outside of Abu Dhabi.
“I managed to find him a seat at the Sunrise English Private School in Mussaffah, but I pay 2,800 dirhams ($762) a term here and 4,600 dirhams there,” Joseph told the newspaper.
According to the report, some students have already left the school and the school has started issuing transfer certificates to the pupils.
Meanwhile, ADEC, in its notice, has also provided to parents a list of private schools in Abu Dhabi with curricula, locations and contact details.