ADEC shuts down four villa schools in Abu Dhabi
Closures part of a plan to relocate students to purpose-built schools
The Abu Dhabi Education School (ADEC) recently shut down four villa schools in Abu Dhabi as part of its plan to relocate all students in the Emirate into purpose-built school buildings.
According to WAM, the closed schools are Al Fajr English International School, Gulf Buds Private School, Salah Uddin Private School and the Phillippine National School.
The closure of villa schools is in line with the Abu Dhabi Government’s plan to shut down all Abu Dhabi villa schools by summer 2015. The initiative is being managed by ADEC to help encourage private schools to operate in purpose-built buildings that are consistent with quality and safety standards on lands allocated for education purposes.
The closure order was issued at the beginning of 2013-2014, allowing parents enough time to enrol their children in other schools. Eng. Hamad Al Dhaheri, executive director of ADEC’s private schools and quality assurance sector, confirmed that students of the above-mentioned four schools had been relocated into suitable school buildings.
These recent closures bring the total number of villa schools in the Emirate to just 18, a significant drop from the 72 villa schools that were operating in 2009.
Six of the remaining villa schools are currently working on constructing new purpose-built school buildings after having obtained all the required approvals from government bodies. Four others are waiting on approvals to start construction, while eight are due to close by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.
Al Dhaheri said that providing Abu Dhabi students with equal opportunities to education and promoting a healthy and safe school environment is one of ADEC’s priorities. As a result, ADEC is keen to support the relocation of students to proper school facilities that will ensure their safety and also give them access to a high-quality, comprehensive education.