Schools in Dubai to Close Early During Ramadan
Read on to find out the timings
According to a report by Emirates 24/7, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has unified Ramadan school timings for Dubai and has instructed all private schools to shorten their timings accordingly.
Mohammed Darwish, Chief of Regulations & Permits Commission (RPC) at KHDA, was quoted saying, “Schools should ensure that the total duration for students do not exceed five hours per day. The school day during Ramadan will start between 8am to 8.30am and finish between 1pm to 1.30pm with shorter breaks as required.”
A KHDA official explained that it was tough to finalise a unified timing as Dubai caters to so many different curricula. The report said that the final decision on the timing was deduced after consulting parents and principals, to ensure Muslim students are fully supported to meet their academic expectations while fasting.
Schools have also been instructed to exempt students who fast from physical exercise (PE) classes or any other demanding physical activities. Additionally, students who fast are prohibited from exposure to heat to avoid the risk of exhaustion and dehydration, the report added.
Out of respect for Ramadan and for students and staff who fast, eating and drinking in schools will be limited to private designated areas only.