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UAE schools to have longer summer break this year

Some students have three months' holiday

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  • Published: 00:00 April 29, 2010
  • Gulf News

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Dubai: Schools will have longer summer holidays this year as most of them will close by the second week of June.

Students from public schools will begin their new academic year on September 12.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said board exams for public schools and private schools that follow the MOE curriculum will start on June 6.

"Exams for grade 10 and Grade 12 will be over in ten days and students will go for their summer holidays by June 16. Only those students who appear for repeat exams will have to attend school till June 27," said the spokesperson.

He added that while the teaching and non-teaching staff in public schools will be back by September 5, students will return only by 12 of the month.

Private schools also follow more or less similar schedule with exceptions depending on their exam schedules that vary slightly.

Indian schools that follow the central Board of Secondary Examination Board will close on July 8 and reopen on September 14, as per the academic calendar set by the Ministry. Indian schools already finished their board exams for Grade 10 and 12 in the first week of March. 

However, students from the UK and US curriculum schools will have exams till the second week of June, before they close for the holidays.

Their new academic year will start in the first week of September.

A parent of one of the students at the Arab Unity School in Dubai said summer vacations for his children will start in the second week of June and the school will reopen on September 21.

"That is almost three months of holidays. It will be difficult for parents to keep them engaged at home for this long," said Azeez Ahmad, a father of three from Pakistan.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 15:29 April 29, 2010

    This three months holiday is only for the Children. However, some schools engage the Teachers to work more days. It is difficult toTeachers with school going children to schedule their levave. An example my wife is a teacher and my daughter studies in the same school during her holidays she has to go with the mother to school until the teachers' get their leave. The same schedule is applicable when the school repoens ....the teachers have to report earlier. The schedule must [be] uniform [for] all.

    Daniel A., Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:08 April 29, 2010

    We heard the same news last year, but that was not the reality. Changing tickets and changing plans are costly affairs. So I request KHDA and the schools to do their homework finalize the closing and opening dates.

    J Krishnan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:03 April 29, 2010

    My school used to have summer camps and it allows kids who do not travel to enhance their skills in extra curricular activities like swimming, painting ,horse riding, karate, dancing etc..and they would do a lot in their interest which they could do during regular school hrs

    MARIAM MUKHTAR, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:56 April 29, 2010

    Three whole months! What a great opportunity to start ramping up development of the Emirati youth. Today's 7 year old kid flopping about in the waves could be the Mark Spitz of the 2020 Dubai Olympics or the next Venus Williams. Time not wasted getting obese and playing video games today will pay off for the rest of these children's lives. Seize the day!

    David S., Dubai, United States

  5. Added 11:27 April 29, 2010

    My two children are studying in Abudhabi in two different schools. One is having summer holidays from July 11th to September 14th & the other from July 1st to August 30th. In spite of MoE circular why this difference in holidays? Its very difficult as I can not plan my vacation.

    rosario, abudhabi, India

  6. Added 11:24 April 29, 2010

    During my school days here in dubai i used to get 2 months summer holiday that was from July - August and Prior to the holidays especially towards the last days i was so excited as i could do a lot of things and those days i was really naughty playing and sweating it out. I was also given Projects which was really intresting and fun . But Now Students have like 3 months and i would request parents to send their children for out door activties so that they can enhance their abilities and would help to built their personality besides parents keeping them at home all the time. parents should ensure that they keey an eye on their wards at the same time .Schools have to give Projects, surveys and assignments so that students are enaged all the time.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:11 April 29, 2010

    My child is studying in a CBSE school here in Abudhabi, but they are having summer break from June end to August end with school reopening on 31st August. The circular issued from the school says as per MoE approval. Its unfortunate to have few days of school during ramadan when everyone has summer break.

    Jyothi, Abudhabi, India

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