Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Parents want early closure of schools over MERS fears  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 01/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) School authorities have come under pressure from parents to hold exams earlier this year in the wake of the rising rate of coronavirus fatalities which has crossed the 100 mark.

parents with infection-prone kindergarteners are particularly anxious about the situation.

'do they want a child first to fall ill with mers before taking action?" asked shazad ahmed a parent. 'schools are a breeding ground for any type of infection. while it is true that the ministry is working hard to combat the virus and that there have been no cases among students so far there is no reason why the education ministry can't take preventive measures by closing down schools earlier this year."

amina shareef another parent disagreed with the recent decision to allocate quarantine rooms on school premises.

'this will create more panic" she said. 'they are better off scheduling exams earlier and closing down a month early rather than creating more fear among students and parents."

teachers should grade students according to their performance throughout the year and in previous exams if they cannot hold exams earlier than scheduled she suggested.

a schoolteacher who spoke on condition of anonymity told arab news that several parents especially parents with children in kindergarten have requested that exams end by may 8.

'we have to keep both our students' well-being and their academic performance and their parents' wishes in mind" said padma hariharan director of the novel international group of institutions.

'we have stepped up efforts to ensure that any student or member of staff who shows signs of illness is immediately sent home and asked to return when they have fully recovered" she said.

the education ministry has put field trips on hold she said. 'we are finding it increasingly difficult to run our schools with the new measures and with pressure mounting from parents to shut down early."

she said parents have asserted that they will not send their children to school while demanding that the schools not sit around and wait for the worse to happen.

'if the education ministry decides to shut schools down earlier than scheduled we must be informed beforehand so that teachers are able to fit remaining classes into their schedule. we will only declare a holiday when the ministry gives the go-ahead and hope for support from the ministry."

sadiya kaleem the principal of al-hukma international school also said that parents of children at her school are demanding an early closure.

international schools are scheduled to break for summer in the first week of june.


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Dec 21 2014 - Cold weather forecastJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) The weather is expected to be relatively cold in most parts of the Kingdom and fair in the Jordan valley and Aqaba.Clouds will build up during the evening increasing ...

 Dec 21 2014 - Israeli warplanes bomb southern Gaza StripJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  Israeli warplanes bombed dawn Saturday, east of Khan Younis in the southern of Gaza Strip.This attack is the first since the end of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza ...

 Dec 21 2014 - Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing: OfficialJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)   Egypt will reopen the Rafah border crossing point with the Gaza Strip during the next two days for traffic heading in both directions.The head of the Palestinian ...

 Dec 21 2014 - Ombudsman Bureau refers 20 cases to ACC: OfficialJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  Ombudsman Bureau has referred a number of complaints involving suspicions of corruption to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).The Ombudsman Bureau's Acting President, ...

 Dec 21 2014 - King departs on a working visit to BahrainJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  His Majesty King Abdullah II left home on Saturday on a working visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he is expected to meet the Bahraini King, Hamad Ibn Isa Al ...

 Dec 21 2014 - Judeh, S. Korean Foreign Minister discuss ties, regionJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Nasser Judeh, and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se, discussed bilateral relations and the latest developments in ...

 Dec 21 2014 - Obama signs bill to enhance cooperation with IsraelJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  US President Barack Obama on Friday signed legislation to further enhance cooperation between the United States and Israel, mainly in defence and security fields.The ...

 Dec 21 2014 - Border Guards receive 245 Syrian refugeesJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  Border guards received 245 Syrian refugees during the past 72 hours who crossed into Jordan's territories. They were from different age groups.The border guards ...

 Dec 21 2014 - QAIA among top 30 world airports â€â€ surveyJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  The Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) has advanced six points to rank 30 among 246 airports around the world, according to an Airport Service Quality (ASQ) ...

 Dec 21 2014 - King holds talks with Bahrain monarchJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)   His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Saturday, held talks with King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifah of Bahrain, on means to cement ties between Jordan and Bahrain and ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help