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Thousands wait for places in UAE Indian schools

Indian Embassy official says it is to ask UAE gov't to intervene in bid to ease problem.

Indian Embassy officials are calling on the UAE government to intervene as thousands of children wait for school places in the country.

The serious shortage of places at Indian schools in Abu Dhabi is forcing parents to send their children abroad to be educated, UAE daily The National reported on Tuesday.

It said more than 3,500 children were on the waiting list at Our Own English High School, Abu Dhabi, which is run by Gems Education, while some smaller schools also have waiting lists in triple figures.

“The demand for admissions has become worse this year,” said George Mathew, the principal of Our Own English High School, Abu Dhabi in comments published by the paper.

“Abu Dhabi is fast expanding and there is room for quite a few Indian curriculum schools. This phenomenon is only going to grow.”

Dr Pradeep Rajpurohit, the second secretary at the Indian Embassy, added: “We are trying to approach the authorities concerned here in Abu Dhabi. This is a very serious problem because our community is growing.”

Dr Rajpurohit told the paper that the embassy would be going through the “proper diplomatic channels” to address the situation.

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