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School year in UAE to start after Eid

Public and private schools will open their doors for the next school year only after Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr.

  • The minister said the decision will be applied to all schools, public and private. Image Credit:Gulf News Archive
  • The majority of the education officials in the country supported the plan to start the year after the Eid holiImage Credit:Gulf News Archive
  • Ramadan is expected to begin on August 21 or 22 this year. Eid will most probably be on September 20. Image Credit:Gulf News Archive
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Abu Dhabi: Public and private schools will open their doors for the next school year only after Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr at the end of September, the Minister of Education said.

The decision to postpone the 2009-10 school year for public and private schools, including those that teach a non-ministry curriculum “was taken following extensive consultations with relevant bodies,'' the minister, Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, told Gulf News on Wednesday.

Ramadan is expected to begin on August 21 or 22 this year. Eid will probably be on September 20. Schools will begin on September 23. Administrative and teaching staff must report on September 13, Al Qutami said.

WAM reported public schools will start after Eid. But the minister said the decision will be applied to all schools, public and private.

Gulf News has learnt a government committee had also been formed to seek the opinions of education experts through an online survey.

“The results showed that officials, teachers and parent council members all agreed that it was best to postpone the school year in the interest of pupils,'' informed sources said. A request was then presented to the Cabinet.

“Following a thorough study that took into account the impact of the month of Ramadan on students, coupled with the high temperature and humidity on the ability of pupils, the government has decided to postpone the school year,'' added Al Qutami.

Last week His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, posted a question on his Facebook page, asking whether the school year should begin after Eid.

His query received a massive response with the majority of parents and pupils saying it would be better to start the term after Eid.

In his post yesterday, Shaikh Mohammad thanked the respondents and said: “I appreciate these opinions and insights from such a wide diversity of people in our society.''

He responded to students via his Facebook status update: “Since the date of the new academic year has been announced, I expect from our students a year filled with achievement and productivity. And I strongly encourage high levels of preparation at all educational institutions around the UAE.''

Are you concerned about how this decision will affect your child's academic year? Would you make any arrangements for studies during the extended summer break? How else would you ensure his or her studies are not impacted?

Your comments

Its the best idea.Its convinient for parents especially muslims.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:50

This Ramadan, traffic will be a little more sane for us working-class people since there will be no Formula-1 format school buses to avoid in the morning!
Sheraz Ahmad
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:50

Considering the UAE is wanting to set high standards for education, this long extended summer break is totally uncalled all the people who have suggested that there should not be a winter break, please bear in mind a child cannot go through weeks of school without term break. I believe Ramadan is a time where by through all hard ships be it winter summer or snow one needs to fight it and follow the holy month, not make it easy by cutting out activities to make fasting easy. Sorry guys our kids will soon have cobwebs growing in their brains as there is not much to keep them busy for four months in our neck of the woods.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:47

I welcome the proposal considering the Climate and Eid, however three months of Continuous Leave for the Children in an academic year is not a very good idea, in such a case it would have been ideal to end the term by Mid July and begin the School after the Eid keeping in mind that Indian schools in UAE are not covering 100% of the syllabus even otherwise.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:44

This time lost MUST be made up otherwise the children will fall behind academicaly. This could be done by reducing the time given on the other term breaks. If not, will we see a reduction in the school fee.?
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:43

i thank honorouble president
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:43

Is this applicable to the Higher Education level or just the schools? Will the colleges remain closed till September??
C. M.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:43

This is basically not a good decision as children will be effected very much. According to me the Indian schools should remain open
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:27

It is better to take Such decisions in advance, before the academic year starts.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:27

i welcome this decision to open school after ramazan ,eid holidaysa.i think to compansate these 20 days holidays by open school on every saturday to cover 20 days holidays of ramazan .it will solve the problum not burden on children as well as teacher
Sofia Sajid
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:24

Amazing idea.Totally with it.But What about universities???
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:10

Well i support this opinion.Its good not to have schools during Ramadan.Students will not feel to study while fasting.They will be tierd very fast due to high temeperature and they wont listen in the class also.So it is good not to have schools during the holy month of Ramadan.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:05

I am a CBSE board student, 10th grade. Indian Syllabus is very vast. We have a lot to study on our own. These holidays will create further pressure on us. If this decision is applied on the Indian schools as well, then I suggest to make alternative arrangements for the board students of 10th and 12th. CBSE students in UAE have always come out with flying colours in the board. These 20 holidays might prove to be extra pressure added to the students as they will have more portion to study on their own. I request the Educational authorities to make some alternative arrangements.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 09:00

how i wish i was in school now ! lucky students..
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:59

I am relieved cos children can escape the heat and relax for sometime. The ordeal faced by students especially those in the KGs leaving early from home without proper sleep and breakfast, it's a good decision. I welcome the same.
Jessie J
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:59

Pupils related to other countries boards shall loose their competitiveness compared to their counterparts in their own country as there shall not be any change in their study period. This period should be compensated and made equal to their counterparts.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:58

I being a student will support this idea because as days r passing by the climate is becoming much hotter and then there is ramazan in this hot season too.schools in ramazan means students cannot concentrate on studies nor on their prayers,i mean on QIAM UL LAIL. but there must be some compensation of this holidays for complishion of the portions too. i study in 12th grade and we have a lot of portion pending
S. Afshan
Umm Al Quwain,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:57

As a student I agree with the decision to postpone the holidays till end of September.This is a welcome idea because the weather in Summer is unbearable making fasting a little harder. This is a great help from the authorities for the students, teachers and the school drivers. I hope all schools stick to this decision. I wish everyone in the UAE Happy Ramadan and enjoy your holidays.
Amina Bintory
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:39

from part of teachers also it will be a burden because according to the year plan all are covering the portions if one month will be neglected then will be too difficult to cover and for students also the second quarter evaluation will become useless
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:38

I welcome this decision.....
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:38

Its a good idea. It will benefit young students because they will avoid the high temperature this August. For higher level, this should be optional for international schools to avoid conflict of syllabus or curriculum.
Rene Garcia
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:36

Appreciate the movement by authority to re-start the schools after EID only. This will surely helpful for Students, parents as well as teachers
Abdul Nazar
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:31

This decision is really appreciated. the main thing is the health of children not the studies. everybody is concerned about the missing 20 days, it can be covered 1 hour if they spend for covering of missed 20 days
G. Sunil Kumar
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:29

I agree with beena coz the pressure for completing the portions before the proposed time for exams will be heavy and it will affect the children more. The extended holiday is a wonderful idea especially during this climate. Either they should make up the lost time during winter vacations or some other alternative should be there.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:26

The is good bt my opinion is that too much holidays is not gud for the children because to make them back to the studies is difficult for the parents and teachers..if its is possible that twiCe in a week children must go in school only for revision or do some activities is gud for them..
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:24

I really appreciate the decision taken by the Ministry to extend the summer vacation till Eid. But at the same time, how the schools, especially those following Indian syllabus will compensate those extra 20 leaves. Poor students will be compelled to attend classes on all saturdays after holidays till the Indian academic year ends. I humbly request the authorities concerned to take such decisions in advance like other GCC countries, whose vacation starts from the middle of July only.
Sabith Hassan
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:23

Its a good idea to start school after eid because we can study in our holidays as we can get better marks and can also enjoy our holidays.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:23

i will welcome this decision taken by the federal governement to postpone the holidays upto 23 sep 2009. it is good for the students as well as parents.
Syed Zafar Emdad Rizvi
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:23

Nazir Ebrahim Khan
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:21

We have been delighted to know that the quality of education has been looked into by the Government, ideally this decision should have been made before the start of holidays, the schools will be forced to rush and skip with relevant portions - so the question lies unanswered and we progressing a step forward. I have not heard of any school outside UAE giving full 3-4 months holiday.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:18

Good relief for kids. Anyhow the workload is already dumped on parents with relate to huge homework, now Sept fees will be collected in full and portion will be completed very fast to cover the extra holidays. Not an educated decision to extend the summer vacation. Need to reconsider the same.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:17

This idea of postponing the school have created a fear to the parents as children will be pushed and pressurised with a huge portions. Its difficult for kindergarten kids to cope with large portions in few months time.
Mariamma Biji
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:09

The decision of starting the School on september 23 is not a good idea. During ramdan the Children attend school for a 4 hours from which why do some want to give a break.Just sitting idle in the house and watching TV Will move away from studies and too many holidays is also is not good in any education System.2 months of holidays are more than enough. If the decision has taken before then they could increase the school till end of june or july 1 week.Teachers as usual they are always hurry in completing syllabus.The increase in holidays become more pressure on the students because no one get back the time completed.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 08:03

This is a very good decision.This will not at all disturb the schedule and on tha contrart children can concentrate better after EID holidays. There is no point in starting on 5th sept and again closing for a week for eid . Well done Ministry
Azhar Sadat
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:55

I am thinking how the private schools will manage to compensate those 20 days? Every one knows that many of private schools in Dubai hardly achieved the "acceptable" category (as per KHDA inspection reports). Saying that I'm wondering how the private schools will improve their education level considering the 20 days cuts from the impending school year.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:49

The extended holidays are good for children, but it is too long, because some of the school closed and started the vacation from 19th June 2009, i.e. by extending the holidays further will become more than 3 months. As we parents, we are more concerned on our children.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:46

Premy Sashikumar
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:43

It is a welcome to start school after Ramada and eid.Students esp younger oneswill have avail these holidaysfavaourably.Appreciations, to Ministry
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:37

the extended holidays has its pros n cons...the students will lose touch on studies..n wen they return it will be pretty tough to get back on track...but looking on the bright side..students get to revise theyre studies n have time for enjoyment
Rukhsaar Khanam
Singapore city,Singapore
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:34

I wonder how the students and the teachers will cover the protions with so many holidays?This will effect the quality of our education.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:28

Because of Ramdan and hot weather, this is a good decision. But pupil already planned their vacation and booked their airticket accordingly. Now I think it's very difficult to change their leave plans and flight tickets because of the last moment decision.
Thomas John
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:21

You have got to be kidding me. How can this be good for anyone?? The kids have a huge break off school as it is. Then add this time as well. How are they going to adapt going back to school. Let alone having to make up the valuable time they will have lost!! Longer school days for the rest of the year?...shorter holidays for the other breaks? The school day is shorter during Ramadam anyway. How in the world is a decision like this made at the last minute. Totally disagree with it though.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:20

The idea of having the school to start after the Eid will affect the yearly plan of every school.The above decision can be implimented in the next accademic year 2010-2011.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:17

Authorities should have announced the Ramadan holidays before march 2009 for School authorities
Gerard Cardozo
Posted: July 02, 2009, 07:14

Its a good decision, but it should have been made before the summer holidays started because families have already made their holiday plans and bought plan tickets.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 06:54

Good idea to beat the heat for children during the month of Ramadan
Ajmal Dubal
Posted: July 02, 2009, 06:51

IS it for ALL schools including private schools??
Posted: July 02, 2009, 06:40

I think its a great idea !!!it is easier for the students
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 05:28

Ramadan is a month of prayers and fasting and spending time with the family. I think the break will be much appreciated by all muslim parents and families. The summer heat coupled with the pressure of a school year can be quite cumbersome on the teenagers who are fasting. I am all for it!!
Posted: July 02, 2009, 02:14

It is a great idea, I totally agree with it as it is a good step from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed, ruler of Dubai to discuss these types of matters with the public by posting a question in facebook which got a huge response favoring the announcement.
Thekra Faraj
Posted: July 02, 2009, 01:37

If I'm not mistaken the editor stated that the "School Year" will be postponed. I don't remember him saying that the holiday was being extended. Doesn't that make it obvious that the beginning of the holiday next year will be later than usual. So rest assured..your kids aren't going to be working overtime next year.
Omar Al Zaabi
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 02, 2009, 00:59

Children need to be in school right after their summer holiday. These decisions must be pre planned not suddenly applied. These sudden decisions will not be welcomed by most expatriates including myself.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 00:45

i wish the same applied to the universities here!!
Posted: July 02, 2009, 00:28

is this only for public schools or also for private schools?
Posted: July 02, 2009, 00:28

I am pretty much with the decision. It's been happening in Saudi for years so we are doing it, I suppose, for the first time. It will be good especialy for the people who are fasting. And plus it won't make a biiiiggg difference academic-wise because maybe the academic year will be year around 15 days less.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 00:11

The decision is already made. No use of comments. Every family has to rearrange its holiday plans, specially the return to the country, air flight rebooking, ...etc.. It is not easy to do. I'm very surprised and frustrated.
Posted: July 02, 2009, 00:00

My view is that while extended holidays are a good time for children to enjoy, they need to be guided to devote atleast a maximum of half hour on some studies even though not very deep study. This will serve as a reminder to children that Studies is something that is inevitable.
Rayees Kunhi
Posted: July 01, 2009, 18:46

I believe that these last minute decisions are unfair on the kids, the parents, the teachers. How will material be passed to the parents to keep the education of the children up to date? I am horrified that this decision was not made sooner and proper education plans made.
D. Z. F.
Posted: July 01, 2009, 18:35

Posted: July 01, 2009, 18:17

I welcome this decision. But those 20 days should be componsated in the winter and other long holidays to cover the academic syllabus.
S. Mohai Al Deen
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: July 01, 2009, 18:16

Gaddafi Dubal
Posted: July 01, 2009, 18:14

The alternate or extended year to accomodate these 20 days should be announced
Zaheer A. Abbasi
Posted: July 01, 2009, 18:07

The idea of having the school to start after Eid will further burden the children with studies as the institutions/schools will rush with portions and it will be very difficult for children to cope with the pressure, small children and the children in higher grade who have to appear for board exams equally. Instead such decisions should be taken well in advance, before the academic year starts, for Indian Syllabus students.
Posted: July 01, 2009, 17:51