Western Region school shut down over 'extreme safety hazards'

ABU DHABI // A private school in the Western Region has been closed by authorities because of the building’s poor condition. Western Model Private School, in Ghayathi, was shut by Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) because of “extreme safety hazard reasons”. The statement said a technical report given to the school in February last year […]

ABU DHABI // A private school in the Western Region has been closed by authorities because of the building’s poor condition.

Western Model Private School, in Ghayathi, was shut by Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) because of “extreme safety hazard reasons”.

The statement said a technical report given to the school in February last year described its structural condition as “very poor”, and the deteriorating condition as “very severe”.

A decree ordering its closure at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year was issued on July 20 and parents were informed of the decision, Adec said.

Adec said it had made arrangements to accommodate the 502 students enrolled at the school. Six separate government schools in the area will receive 216 Emirati and Arab students, while two private schools will help accommodate the remaining 282 Asian students, Adec said.

Adec’s Private Schools and Quality Assurance sector had been in talks with the school about undergoing necessary maintenance on the building, the statement said.

The school was also asked to improve its overall performance.

All private schools “are required to maintain safety and security measures in schools”, Adec said. It said it reserved the right to take legal action against schools which fail to adhere to safety and security standards set by the council.

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