Students of JSS private school in Dubai. For illustrative purposes. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: The UAE Ministry of Education confirmed that schools following the authority’s curriculum will have a four-week holiday for pupils.

On its social networking sites, the ministry announced the winter break for the academic year 2019-2020, and said the winter break will run from December 15, 2019 (Sunday) until January 9, 2020 (Thursday).

Classes will resume on January 12, 2020.

“This calendar is for government and private schools that follow the Ministry's curriculum,” said the ministry in a statement.

According to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, private schools will also commence their holidays on December 15, and have a three-week holiday until January 2, 2020. Classes will resume on January 5.

Other private schools that do not follow the ministry’s curriculum have the flexibility to also reduce the winter break down to two weeks, or extend the winter break to four-weeks, subject to KHDA approval.

However, private schools in Dubai that started their academic year in April have three options, and can choose to observe a two-week, three-week or four-week winter break. This means that while some schools will start classes on December 29, 2019, others have the option to resume classes on January 5, 2020 or January 12, 2020.