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Indian School Ras Al Khaimah gets new premises after KT report.
The 36-year-old school announces that classes would no longer be held outside the school campus.
The 36-year-old school announces that classes would no longer be held outside the school campus.
After KT report, school stops classes outside campus
The 36-year-old Indian School Ras Al Khaimah will finally get new premises for conducting co- and extra-curricular activities.
Run by the Indian Association in RAK, the school was facing a dire shortage of space. As reported byKhaleej Times last month, it was facing the heat from social workers and the RAK Ministry of Education for conducting classes in the nearby Kerala Samajam, a non-profit cultural organisation that too is under the aegis of the Indian Association.
Following the publication of the KT report, the school authorities announced that classes would no longer be held outside the school campus.
S.A. Salim, president of Indian Association and chairman of the school, said with school examinations over on Saturday, arrangements would be made to hold the classes that were earlier being held outside within the campus once students were back from their summer holidays.
Constructing a new school campus is also being discussed.
“The school is running on probably the lowest fee structure in the whole of the UAE, with kindergarten students paying as little as Dh220 per month,” Salim said. “The transportation fee is also the lowest in UAE schools — just Dh75 and Dh100.”
The fees have been kept low in consideration of the majority of the students coming from low-income households.
“Except for some infrastructure constraints, the school maintains a high level of academic standard, at par with other top Indian-curriculum schools in the UAE,” Salim added. “To overcome the infrastructure constraint, the management is trying to get land for a new school building.”
The association and the school made a profit in the last two years, resulting in a surplus fund of about Dh1.1 million.
“The management is planning different projects for the best utilisation of this surplus fund, for the benefit of the community and the school,” Salim said.
A spokesperson for the Indian consulate in Dubai said the mission is looking into the matter.
Following a decision in the association’s general body last year, the association building is under renovation since the last eight month.
Salim said the work will be completed in about two months: “Then the building will contribute to the development of RAK city with two auditoriums, an office complex, a consular service hall, a BLS service complex, a gymnasium and other modern facilities.”
Community members can use the facilities for recreational and service-oriented programmes. The students of the Indian School RAK can also access these state-of-the-art facilities for co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
The school has a strength of 2,660 students and about 190 staff.