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Indian school closure decision shocks parents

22-Oct-2016 :

Dubai: The Delhi Private School (DPS) Academy at the Dubai International Academic city has announced its closure after this academic year in March 2016, sending shock waves among parents of its 430 students.


The school which opened in 2013 got an acceptable rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). It has the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) curriculum which is available only in three other schools — Gems Modern Academy (GMA), Ambassador School and JSS International School.


Parents complain of financial losses and emotional trauma as they had no idea the school was about to close. Raj Bhansali who moved his daughter Manya from GMA only this April as it was unaffordable told Gulf News: “If a school is to close in the current academic year, how come it was advertising admissions and keeping seats open? My daughter joined grade 2 this year and as an attractive incentive, the school waived the uniform and book fee. They announced the closure of the school on October 17 after sending circulars to all parents.”


The KHDA rule says if a child has attended more than two weeks of school in a term, the school stands to gain the fee for that month.


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