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Schools in Qatar await ministry approval to increase tuition fees

Many private schools in Qatar, including Indian schools, are awaiting the approval of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to raise their tuition fees, Qatar Tribune has reported. The schools say the fee hike is justified as their expenses are growing and they have to maintain the quality of education as an increased number of students are seeking admission in their institutions. When the number of students increases, the school’s administration is forced to increase facilities and that always comes at an additional expense. Some of the Indian schools in Qatar catering to the large Indian expatriate population in the country are also seeking a raise in tuition fee. Ideal Indian School (IIS) Principal Syed Shoukath Ali and Doha Modern Indian School (DMIS) Principal Rakesh Singh Tomar said that their schools have applied for a tuition fee increase from the ministry. Both principals stressed that their schools’ efforts in…

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DMIS parents start online campaign against electronic ID cards

Parents of students studying in the Doha Modern Indian School (DMIS) have started a campaign on change.org against the introduction of electronic tracking system from next academic year. According to a report on The Peninsula, the parents are planning to submit the petition to the school management and Ministry of Education after collecting signatures. DMIS has made it mandatory for all the students to have the rather pricey tags, Student Tracking and Ridership Solution (STRS) based on Bluetooth technology with real time visibility at its campus. STRS makes use of Bluetooth Low Energy Technology which involves short range transmission to communicate between various electronic devices like identification tags used by students and Bluetooth beacons hosted at the school and in buses. “The tracking system will help monitor the students right from their boarding station. The RFID student tracking system in buses helps to check if the child is entering the right…

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CBSE-i curriculum discard poses dilemma for thousands of students

Thousands of students in various Indian schools worldwide are in a dilemma over CBSE’s move to discard its international curriculum. India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently issued a circular announcing discontinuation of its CBSE-i curriculum, from 2017-18 academic year. According to CBSE, the international curriculum was initiated as a pilot project in 2010-11 and will be scraped away due to operational difficulties. The circular states that schools outside India that have approval for both CBSE-i and CBSE curricula should shift the CBSE-i students to CBSE curriculum. Meanwhile, those schools that offer only CBSE-i and are not affiliated with CBSE have also been asked to withdraw the curriculum and seek regular CBSE affiliation offering main curriculum. However, with several schools unable to provide any concrete solutions parents and students are in a predicament as to what needs to be done. Mixed response by parents, schools “We began the stream in the academic year…

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Desperate for admissions, parents seek double shift for Indian schools in Qatar

The huge shortage of Indian schools in Qatar has led some desperate parents to seek running classes in Indian schools in two shifts, reports Gulf Times. There were reports that local authorities have issued six new licenses for starting Indian schools this year. However, it is not confirmed how many of them will start functioning next academic year. Many community members feel the only possible way to ensure maximum number of admissions at the schools was introducing the shift system until some of the new schools are ready by next year. Schools are expected to start the new academic year on April 1, and the admission process is currently underway. Since 2013, the Supreme Education Council had placed strict rules that restrict the number of students that can be accommodated in each campus. It has led to every expatriate school facing problems and parents running from pillar to post to get admission for…

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CBSE-i curriculum to be discontinued from next year

India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to discontinue CBSE International (CBSE-i), a curriculum offered in several Indian schools, from 2017-18 academic year. In a circular published yesterday on its website CBSE informed that the CBSE-i curriculum initiated as a pilot project in 2010-11 will not be offered in schools from session 2017-18. This decision was taken due to operational difficulties including availability of quality reading material of global standards. A large number of Indian schools in the GCC would be affected by the decision to stop CBSE International (CBSE-i) curriculum. What is CBSE-i? The CBSE rolled out an international curriculum, CBSE-i, in 2010, to cater to the educational needs of international students, particularly those belonging to the Indian diaspora settled abroad. Though the core of the syllabus under the CBSE-i is based on the National Curriculum Framework 2005, that of the National Council for Educational Research and Training…

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CBSE says no school bags, homework for classes I and II

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday issued a circular asking all affiliated schools to stop assigning any homework to students of class I and II and they need not bring school bags to schools. “Young children whose spine is at a crucial stage of growth are the most susceptible ones to hazards such as back pain, muscle pain, shoulder pain, fatigue and in extreme cases the distortion of spinal cord or shoulders that may most plausibly be attributed to heavy school bags,” the circular said. The board also urged schools to take measures to reduce the weight of school bags, and suggested that textbooks for classes I to VIII should be light weighted. Schools should not prescribe too many additional and supplementary textbooks which are at times voluminous, costly and designed in a pedagogically unsound manner. Textbooks and workbooks may not be hard bound, it maintained. Schools…

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Qatar, UAE students excel in CBSE Class X results

The Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) Class X results were announced on Saturday with most Gulf-based Indian schools registering 100 percent pass percentage and a high number of students with good grades. UAE Several Indian schools in the UAE have achieved 100 per cent pass rates. A total of 1,491,293 students appeared for class 10 examination this year, an increase of about 8.5 per cent over last year, including more than 3,000 students from the UAE. This year 96.21 per cent of students passed, down from 97.32 per cent who passed last year. Once again, girls scored higher with an average score of 96.36 per cent while boys averaged 96.11 per cent. Topping the grading system with A1 in all five subjects, 168,541 students who scored a full CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 10 points, 85,316 of whom are boys and 83,225 are girls. In Dubai, the Indian…

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Here are the Indian Schools in Doha to raise fees this year

As frequent increase in tuition fees remains a major burden for a large number of Indian parents in Qatar, several Indian schools have decided to raise their tuition fee. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education had granted permission to 55 private schools and kindergartens to raise their fees by two to seven percent during the 2016-2017 academic year. According to a report on the Qatar Tribune, these are the Indian schools that have got permission to increase fee: DPS Modern Indian School (DPS-MIS) – Annual increase of QR 500 per student. Doha Modern Indian School (DMIS) – Annual increase of 6% fee per student. Olive International School – Annual increase of QR 500 per student. Ideal Indian School – Annual increase of QR 500 per student. Parents concerned about fee hikes Many parents have expressed concern over frequent fee hikes, a number of whom are yet to be informed about the latest…

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Indian schools in Qatar to have extra-long summer vacation

Students of Indian Schools in Qatar are all set to embark on the longest-ever summer holiday in recent times this year – from July 1 to September 18. According to Qatar Tribune, the almost 80-day-long summer vacation is unprecedented for Indian schools as it generally lasts from the first week of July till the first week of September. Eid Al Adha holidays included The reason for the extra long vacation is the inclusion of Eid Al Adha holidays. This year, Eid Al Adha is expected to be on September 12 or 13 (depending on moon sightings). So the Eid holidays will last until September 17 and schools are expected to re-open on September 18. Earlier, students of Indian schools used to join school in the first week of September for over two weeks of classes and then again go on a week-long Eid Al Adha vacation. Supreme Education Council decision Since…

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Revealed : These are the best Indian schools in Dubai

Seven Indian schools in Dubai have improved their overall performance during the academic year 2015-2016, the latest Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) inspection results of Indian schools in Dubai revealed. According to the overall inspection results, Indian curriculum schools in Dubai have been showing significant improvements in performance. Outstanding schools Of the 29 Indian curriculum schools inspected in Dubai, two have been rated outstanding, three very good, 11 good, 11 acceptable and two were found to be weak. GEMS Modern Academy and The Indian High School are the only two schools in the report who’ve been given an outstanding rating for the fifth consecutive time. Three schools – Delhi Private School, GEMS Our Own English High School, and the Millennium School have shown considerable improvement and are now in the ‘Very Good’ category. Complete List of Schools Outstanding GEMS Modern Academy The Indian High School Very Good Delhi Private School…

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