UAE schools to have longer summer break this year

Some students have three months' holiday

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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.

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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.

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