AMLED School Closure Leaves Parents Scrambling for Places
AMLED School in Dubai has announced it is set to close at the end of September, leaving current parents scrambling to find a new school with less than a week to go before school starts.
“After weeks of speculations and anticipations, we are announcing with a heavy heart that [the] will be closing its operations,” stated a circular sent to the parents of AMLED school in Dubai one week before it is due to begin the 2021/2022 academic year.
The school claims to be a scalp of Covid-19 and that it cannot, financially, continue.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the school suffered financially to a great extent. AMLED School Dubai has been fighting and struggling to stand on its feet for the past few years and had not given up, but the situation became extremely difficult during the pandemic where the number of students dropped drastically thus decreasing the revenue of the school.”
“With this e-mail, we would like to announce the closure of the school during this academic year.”
The school says it will work with current parents to find new schools in similarly rated institutions in the city. AMLED School Dubai was rated ‘good’ in the KHDA inspection report for 2019-2020, and has average fees of 15,000 AED.
Mohammed Darwish, CEO of the permits and compliance sector at the KHDA, Dubai’s education regulator, told the Khaleej Times newspaper: “We are aware of recent developments at AMLED School and working closely with the school’s leadership team to ensure the best interest of all students. At KHDA, the wellbeing of our students is a top priority and we continue to make every effort to address any concerns arising from the current situation.”
For parents and employees of AMLED School Dubai the news was not a complete surprise, even if the rumours were still rumours until Wednesday 25th August when the circular was distributed. Parents had reportedly been discussing the closure on Whatsapp groups for some time.
The announcement comes in the same week the KHDA has given all schools an October 3 deadline to stop online learning and return to more costly in-school teaching. The school, open from KG to Grade 9, said in the circular it will conduct online classes for its students from August 29 until September 30, 2021.
“Online classes will be conducted by our same teaching faculty members. Our team of administration and academic staff will continue providing support until each child is placed in a school to continue his/her academic career,” the letter added.