By Gavin Gibbon
All nurseries, schools and universities in the UAE will close for four weeks starting Sunday
Parents in Dubai will not be entitled to a refund of fees to cover the extended school break, according to the emirate’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
The UAE Ministry of Education announced earlier this week that all nurseries, schools and universities in the UAE will close for four weeks starting Sunday, March 8.
According to the directive, the first two weeks will comprise the spring break holiday for all school students, with the remaining fortnight devoted to distance learning.
In an FAQs document published online the KHDA said there would be no option of a refund on fees.
“Schools will continue to provide education online after the spring break,” it said.
The authority added that it is working with telecommunications providers in Dubai to help support schools with the distance learning requirements.
Spring break was scheduled to start on March 29 with school resuming on April 12, however, this has also been changed in light of the coronavirus precautions.
“All schools in the UAE will be closed for four weeks only starting Sunday, March 8. They will be resuming on Sunday April 5,” said the KHDA.
Meanwhile, students preparing for examinations have been assured that all international exam boards have a contingency plan and are “working on customised solutions for each country affected by school closures”.
Higher education students have been instructed to contact universities directly to establish what provisions are in place for exams.
KHDA confirmed that school inspections scheduled for the next four weeks would be postponed.