Both The National and Khaleej Times have reported the pledge made by Abu Dhabi’s education authorities to increase school seats by 60,000 in near future.
The National said requests to open 47 private schools with British, American, Indian and Arabic curriculum have been approved. The schools will be set up within the next two years and will create 150,000 additional spaces, the paper added.
Khaleej Times quoted Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of the ADEC, as saying that the council?s endeavour to improve accessibility into the private sector by making education affordable, and to ensure future quality output through quality education, especially since 31 per cent of Emiratis account for the student enrolment in the private sector.
Meanwhile, Gulf News has launched a campaign for responsible driving which aims to make UAE roads safe for everyone. The campaign was announced in the wake of a traffic accident in which reckless driving of a long vehicle caused the death of two people and led to massive traffic jam yesterday.
UAE newspapers have promptly reported the massive riots that erupted in Cairo when Coptic Christian protestors clashed with Egyptian security forces resulting in the death of 24 people including soldiers.
Report published in Gulf News quoted eye-witnesses as saying that some of the protesters snatched weapons from the soldiers and turned them on the security forces. More than 150 people were also injured in the violence which erupted when Christians protested against a recent attack on a church, the Dubai-based paper added.
Khaleej Times published accounts of protestors who insisted the demonstration was peaceful and blamed the responsibility of violence on unknown people. ?The protest was peaceful. We wanted to hold a sit-in, as usual,? Essam Khalili, a protester wearing a white shirt with a cross drawn on it, told an AP correspondent. ?Thugs attacked us and a military vehicle jumped over a sidewalk and ran over at least 10 people. I saw them.?
The National has published the predicament of one Abu Dhabi father in today’s editorial who says he sees his two sons once twice a year as there is no school to cater to the demands of people with special needs. The latest announcement of the opening of 47 new schools is set to benefit many special-needs families who have suffered from high tuition fees, crowded classes and lack of facilities for special-needs pupils. “A shortage of first-rate teachers have combined to create a serious problem for numerous families,” the editorial added. The article hoped that the new measures will provide ease to many families and fulfil the needs of modern day education in the UAE capital.
By Moign Khawaja ~ Editor – Arabian Gazette