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Qatar
Indian Embassy sets April 7 deadline to receive info for school admission

The Indian Embassy in Qatar has set April 7 as a deadline for receiving information about Indian students who are struggling to get admission in schools. “The collected information will be submitted to the Ministry concerned within a stipulated time-frame. Information on admission issues may be sent at the designated e-mail (doha.admission@gmail.com) by April 7 2018,” said the Embassy in a statement. Earlier, the Embassy had announced plans to take up the admission issue with local authorities concerned to solve the problem. As per the earlier statement, parents are requested furnish the following details: Name of the student and QID number Age of the student Nationality of the student School desired Class/Grade desired Father’s name Contact telephone. The Embassy took up with initiative after it received many requests for assistance, citing non-availability of seats in Indian schools in Doha. Recent changes in age-limit for KG admission has raised the demand for…

Qatar
Indian Embassy in Qatar seeks details of students waiting for admission

The Indian Embassy in Qatar has announced it is collecting details of students waiting for admission to any of the Indian schools. A statement issued by the Embassy on Monday said it has received a number of requests for assistance, citing non-availability of seats in Indian schools in Doha. “In order to take up the issue with the Supreme Education Council, Ministry of Education, we need to get a better sense of the number of children who have failed to get admission in an Indian school in Doha,” the statement said. The details should be emailed the Embassy at: doha.admission@gmail.com As per the statement, parents are requested furnish the following details: Name of the student and QID number Age of the student Nationality of the student School desired Class/Grade desired Father’s name Contact telephone. As the admission season draws to a close, worries of parents who have yet not succeeded in…

Qatar
School buses in Qatar to have cameras to record safe distance violations

Qatar’s Traffic Department has come up with an innovative initiative to make sure vehicles are keeping safe distance with school buses. As per the new plan, school buses will be equipped with cameras that will register violations against vehicles that do not keep proper distance with school buses. “For the first time in Qatar, a school bus will be exhibited at Darb Al Saai during the 34th traffic week starting this evening. The bus is equipped with camera that can register violation for not keeping safe distance with school buses,” Major Jabir Muhammad Odhaiba, Assistant Director of Traffic Awareness Department told The Peninsula. About when the department will launch the camera-equipped bus, he said: “Now we are waiting for feedback from other concerned authorities regarding this innovative idea.” The 34th traffic week will last till March 24, and will be open to the public in two shifts from 8to 12…

UAE
Parents shocked as Dubai’s Delhi Private School closes down

Delhi Private School Academy in Silicon Oasis, Dubai has confirmed that it will shut down on March 31, 2017, after the completion of the 2016/17 Indian academic year. According to Khaleej Times, students and parents were informed of the closure at a management meeting earlier in the week. The school which opened in 2013 got an acceptable rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). It has the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) curriculum which is available only in three other schools — Gems Modern Academy (GMA), Ambassador School and JSS International School. The affected students will have two weeks to decide if they want to accept places at the two remaining Delhi Private School (DPS) branches in Sharjah and Jebel Ali, Which School Advisor website says. But this option is not good enough for the parents as the two schools in the options follow a different curriculum than…

Parents Corner
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…

Parents Corner
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…

Community
School Admissions in Qatar : ICC discusses community school, conducts online survey

Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in Qatar is actively discussing the possibilities of opening a community school to resolve the admission woes of Indian parents in Qatar. Securing an admission to existing schools in Qatar has become a nearly impossible task for many parents as the number of seats are restricted. Even for new intakes to KG classes, most schools give priority to siblings of existing students. Why it is difficult As per SEC guidelines, most schools can accommodate only a maximum of 30 students per class and number of divisions are strictly controlled depending on the campus facilities. What created sudden shift in the balance was that few years back, MES Indian School, which is the biggest Indian community school in Qatar had been asked to stop admission to KG classes as SEC felt the campus was overcrowded. The growing number of families moving to Doha also added to the pressure…

Parents Corner
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…

UAE
Hundreds of parents protest after Indian school hikes fees

Over 500 parents in UAE have signed an online petition against an Indian school’s move to constantly hike tuition fee every year. According to parents, GEMS Millennium School in Sharjah has been consistently hiking the tuition fee every year, making it practically unaffordable for many. After a whopping 23 per cent increase in tuition fees last academic year, the school has again announced another 13 per cent hike in tuition fees for 2016-2017 academic year. The school’s decision has left the parent community fuming, who alleged the principal failed to keep his word. The school website states that annual tuition fee has been fixed as AED 14,400 for KG and AED 16,200 for Grades 1-2. The  annual fees for higher grades range from AED 16,200 to AED 19,800, for the next academic year. According to parents, four years back the fees for KG & Grades 1-2 were AED 8,000 & AED 9,000 respectively, effectively doubling the fees…

Parents Corner
Private schools in Dubai allowed to hike fees for next year

Private schools in Dubai can increase their fees for the 2016-17 academic year by a minimum of 3.21 per cent and up to a maximum of 6.42 per cent, depending on their ratings following annual school inspections. This increase is based on the new Education Cost Index (ECI), which has risen from 2.92 per cent last year to 3.21 per cent, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced on Sunday. The ECI is calculated annually by the Dubai Statistics Centre, which takes into account the consumer price index and school operation costs, including remuneration, rent and utilities. Fes hike upto 6.42 percent Based on the new ECI, schools rated ‘outstanding’ in the next inspection results — due in April or May — can increase their fees by 6.42 per cent (double the ECI). Schools rated ‘very good’ can increase their fees by 5.62 per cent (1.75 per cent of…

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