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Abu Dhabi offers free land to build Indian school - paper

Adec concerned about current lack of capacity of Indian-curriculum schools.

Abu Dhabi offers free land to build Indian school - paper
EDUCATION MATTERS: Adec recently met the Indian ambassador to discuss the issue.\n

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The education authority in Abu Dhabi has announced that anyone willing to invest in building a new Indian school would be offered free land in the UAE capital, according to a report.

According to a report in The National daily, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) also said that it would allow one school to increase capacity, without revealing any further details about the offer.

“Adec is extremely concerned about the current lack of capacity of Indian-curriculum schools and would like to assure the community that it is actively looking into both long- and short-term solutions for this issue,” the council said, according to The National.

“We need to work in partnership with the community to make this a reality.”

According to The National, Adec said it had recently met the Indian ambassador to discuss the issue after officials at the Indian Embassy called on the Government to intervene.

It said it had “extended the offer to provide free land for investors who present business plans to build schools that provide low-cost education” that comply with its standards and guidelines.

The education chiefs in Abu Dhabi have also announced plans to upgrade all government schools in the UAE capital over the next six years.

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) said the proposals would be introduced in phases in an effort to avoid disruption to pupils and would be completed by 2015-16.

"By enhancing schools to meet world class standards, ADEC is providing the facilities and resources necessary for the highest quality of education. Improving schools is a key element of ADEC's 10-Year Strategic Plan," said Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, director general of ADEC.

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UK 10 years ago

Very generous and a good gesture. Good quality affordable education is a basic pre-requisite that concerns many parents here in UAE. I suggest the authorities should provide opportunity to build the school to a new group- may be even to young Emirati enterprenuers, and not to the groups that create monopolies.

rekhagopi 10 years ago

a very moving gesture by the Ruler and authroity, atleast there is somebody knows education is not business.