7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT -

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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