Indian schools in Qatar will reopen on September 9, 2018 after the summer vacation as the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has approved a request from the institutions.
No change in age limit for KG admissions
Following the requests from Indian schools, the Ministry has also revoked the decision to reduce the upper age limit for KG class admission by one year. For Indian schools, the existing age limit will continue for one more year.
Earlier, Ministry had issued a circular stating that maximum age to join KG1 has been revised to 3 years, 11 months and 29 days as of September 30 instead of 4 years, 11 months and 29 days.
This would have affected students whose parents have decided to skip a year. If the rule was implemented, such parents would have to seek admission in KG2.
According to The Peninsula, the change in age limit will come into effect in most other schools (except Indian schools) from this year onwards and for Indian schools, it will be implemented next year onwards.
No week-long holiday for Indian schools in April
Indian schools have also been exempted from a week-long break in April announced by the Ministry for all schools in the country, Gulf Times reported.
This is because the academic year of Indian schools ends in March and students get a break at the end of March.
The earlier directive to have common holidays for all schools in Qatar had created lot of confusion among parents and Indian school authorities as they had declared their holidays much in advance and many had already done their travel arrangements.
The new directive gives a great relief to the parents as they do not need to make changes and re-book their air tickets.
This special permission is only for this year and all Indian schools are committed to follow from next year the ministry calendar for reopening after the vacation, the reports added.
Published on 14 March 2018