Dubai education chiefs to mull later start for schools

Knowledge and Human Development Authority reveals move after comments by Dubai's traffic cop
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By Courtney Trenwith
Sat 18 May 2013 10:39 AM

The Dubai education authority is considering pushing back the start time for schools following a suggestion from the police traffic chief.

Lt Gen Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen sparked debate this week when he used social media site Twitter to ask the community for its views on starting school later to help ease the emirate’s growing traffic congestion problem.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority told Arabian Business on Thursday it would consult stakeholders to canvass their opinions before making a decision.

“KHDA will be reviewing the suggestion to start schools later,” Mohammed Darwish, Chief of Regulations and Compliance Commission at KHDA, said.

“We will be conducting surveys with our stakeholders to determine whether this is a viable option for schools, pupils and parents.”

The idea has so far attracted mixed responses from parents and teachers.

Some were concerned that children would not be as attentive in the afternoons, particularly when it was hot, while others did not believe removing parents and teachers from the roads in the morning would have a significant impact on traffic.

Dubai schools generally start at 8am and finish at 2pm.

Al Ain moved its school start time to 9am at the end of last year following a six-month trial.

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