‘WE ARE FULL, THE CHANCES TO JOIN ARE VERY SLIM’
One of the schools Raddah Hassoon tried to get her children into was The National Charity School in Ajman, however there are already 2,000 children on the waiting list. Principal Hussan Khatib said the school, which provides for students from grades 1 to 9, has 2,400 students currently attending - students that are mainly from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Jordan and Palestine and have moved to the UAE to escape conflict in their home country. “The school is full. We have 2,000 people on our waiting list and the numbers are growing. The chances of any new students joining the school are slim.” The school has morning and evening classes, with tuition fees ranging from Dhs1,300 per year for first graders to Dhs4,700 for ninth graders. The Al Ahliya Private School in Sharjah is also full, with 1,300 enrolled and more than 500 students on the waiting list. The HR manager, Hazim Hamad, said: “The school is usually full because we have a lot of students who are coming from conflict areas.” 7DAYS placed calls to four other schools in Sharjah and Ajman, with tuition fees ranging from Dhs2,000 to Dhs6,000, and were told they were all full.
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