By Staff writer
Cabinet approves three-year plan to implement 175-day school year from September; down from 189 days
The UAE cabinet has approved the school calendar for the next three years, with the total number of school days calculated at 175 days a year, 14 less than the current school year.
In a statement published by news agency WAM, it wasannounced that the beginning of the academic year 2015-2016 will be August 30, 2015, while staff members will begin their work a week earlier.
It said the winter vacation will be three weeks and the spring vacation two weeks, so that students will conclude their academic year on the June 23, 2016, and staff will finish on July 5, 2016.
The total number of number of school days will be reduced from 189 this year to 175 days, with 14 days added to the number of school holidays, Emirates 24/7 reported.
The Cabinet said it was keen on reviewing global practices relevant to school days, taking into account the conditions of the students and their families, while considering the education criteria contained in the national agenda of the UAE, the statement added.
Great idea. Just when more educated Emirati students are needed the government reduces the time in which they have to study. If the curriculum is taught correctly the current timetable is already too short and very crowded with little time for the essential discussion, debate and open forum classes that are so badly needed to promote a love of learning. Bad move. Very bad move. I hope the private schools do not have to abide by this.
of course the private sector will fall into line. However I think we can be confident there will be no reduction in school fee's.