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Mon 25 Jan 2010 07:49 AM

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Abu Dhabi school holds raffle for pupil places

Oversubscribed school receives 2,500 applications for just 109 places.

Abu Dhabi’s largest Indian school held a raffle on Sunday to allocate places for pupils, it has been reported.

Some 2,500 applications were received by Abu Dhabi Indian School for just 109 places, the principal told Gulf News.

Anxious parents gathered in the assembly hall, waiting for hours, to discover if their child had won a slot at the popular school.

V.K Mathu said the school had seen the number of applications for places double this year, a situation made worse by closures including Sherwood Academy.

"We understand parents are frustrated, but there is little we can do. It is a helpless situation since the school's capacity is full", Mathu told the paper.

The school had 66 places available in the kindergarten, 30 in grade one and 13 in grade two, but none for grades three to eight. However, parents still applied to be on the waiting list in case any students leave, the paper reported.

"There are only around nine schools here following the Indian curriculum, which takes roughly about 9,000 plus students. But the demand is much higher," Mathu told the paper.

Abu Dhabi Education Council officials were unavailable for comment, the paper reported.

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