The parents of Emirates Today students have informed that their children's schools send them messages in the first hour of the rainy days in the country, telling them to suspend the study during this day, stressing that "dawn messages" confuse them, because they come to them while their children are ready to go to their schools.
They demanded that the Ministry take the initiative and generally decide to suspend study in all schools in such circumstances, or confirm the continuation of studies in all or a number of them as a result of damage to rain water, as is the case in schools in some areas in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
The Ministry of Education stated that school principals are the most capable of assessing the situation in their school districts, and taking the appropriate decision that preserves student safety, whether it is for the duration of work or for the disruption of studies.
Maher Al-Nassani (father of a third-grade student) said that he had received a message from his son's school at five in the morning, last Wednesday, stating that the school was suspended on the same day and the next day (Thursday), because of the water bodies in and around the school square.
He added, "The message confused us, as we were waiting for the school bus, which is arriving at our house at five thirty in the morning, to transfer my son to school. After the message, my wife was forced to not go to work so that we do not leave my son at home alone."
He pointed out that the school sent them a second message after twelve o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, telling them that the study is continuing on Thursday, continuing that «the school’s decisions regarding disrupting the study on rainy days are unsuccessful, and therefore confuse families».
Abeer Salameh (the mother of a fifth-grade student) said: “Last Tuesday, we were still waiting for a notification from the school to suspend the study the next day (Wednesday), because the state was witnessing weather fluctuations, warning of rain, but the school’s message did not reach us until half past five On Wednesday morning.
She added that "the school confused us with its unfulfilled decisions about the absence and attendance of students, as this makes families in a state of complete preparation throughout the day until the early hours of the day." Lack thereof.
Fatima Saif (the mother of two students), the Ministry of Education, and the authorities responsible for private education, demanded that she take a unified decision regarding the suspension of studies in days of fluctuations in weather and rain, and the absence of students is required, in order to preserve their safety. The Ministry of Education confirmed that it has given school principals the power to disrupt study in their schools in coordination with the school operations sector in bad weather conditions, stressing that maintaining the safety of students and workers in the educational field is a top priority. She explained that school principals are the most capable of assessing the situation in their school districts, as some areas are not significantly affected by rains, and movement in them is safe and does not pose a threat to the safety of students.
For its part, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai indicated that the authority to suspend studies in private schools in Dubai during rainy days is left to school principals.
The director of one of the government schools in Dubai, who preferred not to be named, stressed that taking a unified decision to suspend studies during heavy rain is better than leaving the matter to assess school principals, because such days witness the absence of the majority of students, despite the lack of approval to suspend studies in these Days by school principals.
He pointed out that the multiplicity of absenteeism among students requires the explanation of the lessons taught by the students on this day again, and therefore it is useful for the decision to suspend the study to be unified and issued by the Ministry, in order to preserve the safety of students, and not to confuse families with conflicting decisions by managers Schools.