DOHA: Several Indian schools here said yesterday that they will resume classes after the summer break as scheduled earlier following a clarification from the Supreme Education Council (SEC) that they have been exempted from its decision to reopen schools on September 10.
Most of these schools are scheduled to reopen on September 8 and September 9. SEC had sent a circular to these schools informing them that all schools in Qatar will resume classes on September 10.
Officials of several Indian schools said yesterday that they had sought clarification from the SEC on the circular and were told that they can go ahead with their original schedule.
“We have been told that circular applies to schools that start their academic year in September. Indian schools here have begun their academic year in April. We are re-opening on September 8 as announced earlier,” an official of the Shantiniketan Indian school told this daily yesterday.
Officials of the Birla Public School, DPS Modern Indian School and the MES Indian School also clarified that there is no change in their schedules. They said that they had sought approval from the SEC before announcing the dates.
At least one Indian school — Doha Modern Indian School — has, however, rescheduled its reopening in line with the SEC announcement. The school yesterday sent text messages to parents saying that classes will resume on September 10. It was originally scheduled to re-open on September 9.
“We have decided to reopen on September 10 because the SEC circular does not exclude private schools. Besides that, two international schools run by our management are also opening on the same date, in line with the SEC directive,” said DMIS Principal Jai Gopal Jindal.
The Pakistan Education Center (PEC) that started the new academic year in April is also resuming classes on September 10, it has been learnt.