DOHA: Some Indian schools here reopened yesterday after an almost 70-day summer break — the longest in memory so far.
Several parents complained they had problems in sending their children back to school as they felt less enthused and lethargic.
A bigger challenge the parents said they face is that their children have their first term examinations beginning next week — barely a week after the schools have reopened.
The new academic year of Indian schools here start from April. The schools were closed for the summer after three months of studies — by June-end.
“So the first term exams for different grades begin now, that is, just next week,” a parent said. “Actually, the schools should have closed for the summer after the exams as children are in no mood to study after such a long gap.”
Some parents said as they forced their children to study during the long vacation, neither they nor their children could enjoy the holidays.
Parents also complained of escalating costs, particularly of school uniforms and textbooks.
A mother of a 4th grade student of an Indian school which has its own books store in Al Wakra, claimed she had to buy a craft book worth Rs100 (QR6) in India for QR29.
The school could not be contacted for comment.
Meanwhile, there were traffic snarls on some arterial roads early yesterday morning and later in the afternoon after the schools reopened. One of the schools has at least 10,000 students on its rolls.
The government and a number of other private and expatriate community schools reopen tomorrow — they too reopen after a long gap as Ramadan ended in early August and Eid Al Fitr holidays were until almost middle of the month.
As the new academic year begins, most nationals and expatriates are already back after vacationing overseas, so the rush at the arrivals terminal of the Doha International Airport has substantially eased.
The terminal wore a deserted look last evening when a lot of flights arrive here from different destinations, especially Dubai.
Official figures show that more than 15,000 people had left Qatar last month as compared to July.
The country’s population in August was 1.86 million, down from 1.88 million in July.
The population had peaked in May this year at 1.96 million (1,963,124) — the maximum recorded in the country’s history — but kept sliding as people left for overseas, most of them vacationing.
The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics releases population figures at the end of each month — based on people (both nationals and expatriates) in the country on the last day of the month. The figure for the current is eagerly awaited by observers to know the country’s exact population that has been rapidly going up due to an increasing influx of foreign workers to engage in the mega development projects being launched in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The Peninsula