Preparations for new school year on track
With textbooks being distributed, new additional school buses and bus supervisors already assigned and some schools refurbished and equipped with facilities like elevators for special needs students, the preparations for the new academic year are “on track”, according to the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec).
For the 2012-2013 calendar, teaching and administrative staff will be back on September 2 while classes will begin on September 9. Textbooks are now being distributed in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia schools. These include 61,926 Adec and Ministry of Education (MoE) textbooks for Cycle 1 schools; 39,145 books for Cycle 2 schools; 9,610 books for Grade 10; 7,500 books for Grade11; and 8,985 books for Grade 12.
“This includes the provision of bus supervisors” to monitor students during their travel to and from schools” he added.
Regarding maintenance, the Adec, in coordination with Musanada, has done comprehensive annual maintenance works needed in public schools in the emirate.
This year’s maintenance works started in July and aim to refurbish 107 schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia region. Other schools will undergo maintenance throughout the year when needed,” said Khaled Al Ansari, Adec’s Facilities Management manager.
Chief among the works carried out by the council this year is the installation of elevators accessible to special needs students in 21 schools.
“All schools will be ready before the teaching and administrative staff report back to schools on September 2 and students start their new school year on September 9,” he said.
For the merged schools, laboratories and activity rooms as per the new school model have also been supplied. The mergers were meant to optimise the use of both school building capacity and human resources in order to ensure improved school performance and better resource allocation.
Maintenance works included replacing tiles and paintings in some schools, in addition to the creation of shaded parking lots and replacement of old shades in playgrounds in other schools. Water systems and toilets were also refurbished and airconditioning systems were evaluated and, when needed, replaced.