Dubai private schools directed to limit timings to five hours during Ramadan

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai has issued a directive for private schools, announcing that school timings during the holy month of Ramadan should not exceed five hours of instruction time. Shamma Al Mansouri, Director of Permits at KHDA, emphasized that schools must conclude classes by 12pm on Fridays.

Al Mansouri expressed best wishes for the education community during the blessed month, highlighting the importance of compassion, patience, and perseverance. The commencement of Ramadan in the country is anticipated to be on 12 March, with slight variations possible due to local moon sightings.

Most schools are expected to collaborate with parents to finalize timings, submitting them to KHDA for approval. Some institutions have proposed a schedule running from 7.45am to 12.45pm Monday through Thursday, maintaining regular timings on Fridays.

The KHDA’s directive aims to ensure an optimal educational environment for students during Ramadan, prioritizing their well-being. It aligns with efforts to instill spiritual values associated with the holy month among enrolled students.

Headteachers have pledged to minimize assessments during Ramadan, focusing on low-stakes evaluations to allow students more time for family and prayer. Additionally, the overlap of almost ten days of spring break with Ramadan for many international curricula institutions is anticipated to further facilitate students in managing their spiritual and cultural commitments.

Sangita Chima, Principal of Amity School Dubai, expressed appreciation for the alignment of the academic calendar with Ramadan, providing students with time for reflection and relaxation. She highlighted the school’s commitment to fostering religious and cultural understanding through diverse spiritual learning opportunities during the sacred month.

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