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School pupils and stu­dents un­der 18 will be able to get part­time jobs for the first time in the UAE. Pre­vi­ously they had been prohibited from en­ter­ing the work­place but that’s chang­ing due to a new decree. Now peo­ple be­tween the ages of 12-18 will be al­lowed to work with a work per­mit and writ­ten con­sent from their par­ents or guardians. A decree was is­sued to that ef­fect yes­ter­day by Saqr Ghobash, Min­is­ter of Hu­man Re­sources and Emi­rati­sa­tion, news agency WAM re­ported. Last year, Dr War­ren Fox, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion at Dubai’s ed­u­ca­tion reg­u­lar KHDA, said mea­sures had to be taken to help stu­dents cope with the high cost of liv­ing. He told the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion MENA Fo­rum: “Among the prob­lems we need to ad­dress is, firstly, the liv­ing ex­pense. “More­over, not all stu­dents are al­lowed to work, which is an­other issue we need to look at.”

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