Three Indian schools in Qatar to have shift system from April

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Parents worrying about securing admission in Qatar’s Indian schools can feel relaxed as three Indian schools have got approval to run afternoon shifts from next academic year.

The schools that have been granted approval to have an additional shift are:

  • MES Indian School,
  • Ideal Indian School, and
  • Shantiniketan Indian School.

“Three Indian schools got approvals for afternoon shifts,” Ambassador of India P Kumaran told The Peninsula on the sidelines of an event held at the embassy yesterday to celebrate 70th Republic Day of India.

The Indian Ambassador also said that DPS Modern Indian School will be opening the second campus in Wukair during the course of this year. “We have much better availability of school seats this year compared to the last year,” said the Ambassador.

According to Dr Subhash Nair, principal of Shantiniketan Indian School, second shift is planned for classes 1 to 12 and will be offered depending on the demands and requirements.

The second session will have the same facilities, standards and features of the existing first shift. If students from the existing first shift opt to be transferred to the second shift due to any reason, their request will be considered based on the availability of vacancies.

Earlier, MES Indian school, the biggest Indian school in Qatar, had announced on their Twitter page that the admission process for the next academic year has started for all classes from KG1 to 9th grade and also 11th grade. Admission to 10th and 12th grade is subject to CBSE approval.

MES principal Hameeda Kader told Gulf Times that the school is getting ready to launch the shift system and the modalities are being worked out.

“We have already opened registration for students and depending on the demand, we will decide on the whole programme. We are working on the proposal and the details will be given soon,” she explained.

Ideal Indian School principal Syed Shoukath Ali said the school has been given permission to operate a two-shift system. “We are studying the feasibility and exploring the possibility of running on two shift system. We are looking into the logistics and will take the call on it very soon,” he noted.

The ministry had recently allowed private schools, especially community schools, to run two shifts provided they complied with its directives. As Indian schools were finding it difficult to cope with the growing demand for a greater number of seats, this has come as a boon for many in the largest expatriate community in the country.

Published on 27 January 2019

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