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 their children.

“While we have only less than 180 seats, admission requests have come for more than 600,” said the managing committee member of one of the Indian schools.

Due to lack of school admissions, some families were forced to send their children back home, while others were compelled to put them in schools whose fees they could ill afford.

At least two other Gulf countries have currently allowed shift systems at Indian expatriate schools to facilitate enrolment of maximum number of students.

Parents also complained that some of the Indian schools were trying to turn the situation to their advantage, by “announcing” hike in their tuition fees from the next academic year.

The country currently has 13 Indian expatriate schools, besides Al Khor International School, where the Indian CBSE curriculum is also offered. You can find the complete list of schools here.

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