DUBAI: The 30-year-old Emirates English Speaking School (EESS) in Al Safa will be shutting down next year. The last batch of students graduating from the school will be in March 2019.
The CBSE curriculum school, which runs classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12, has issued a letter to parents informing them about the closure at the end of the current academic year.
The school currently has 1,550 students. Over 10,000 students have passed out of the school over the years.
“She is quite an introvert and it took her some time to make friends. She does not want to leave this school and my wife and I are worried about how she will cope with the change.”
An alumni of EESS, Sunita Lakhiani, 36, who passed out in 1999 said, “Some of my closest friends are people I met at EESS. We are saddened to hear about the closure. It seems like a part of our childhood is being taken away. My friends and I plan to have lunch together at the school canteen before it shuts down.”
The school’s rating in the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)’s inspections dropped to “weak” in 2012.
Ever since, the school has been struggling to rope in good staff and improve its standing.
Mohammad Darwish, chief of Regulations and Permits Commission at KHDA, said, “KHDA has approved the school management’s request to discontinue educational services from the next academic year.
“The school has already put in place a plan to ensure students affected by the closure can be accommodated in other schools and that it would help parents and students with a smooth transition,” he added.
Gulf News 19th July 2018