A major segment of the student community in Qatar will have its next summer holidays in August and September instead of July and August if a proposal to this effect by several private schools is approved by the Ministry of Education.
A joint forum of the principals of various Asian schools has proposed changing the summer holidays next year because Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr will fall during August-September.
About a dozen schools, which account for more than 50 percent of the private school students in the country, are represented in this forum. Students from all the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Philippine schools will be affected by the move.
A change in the holidays will have a major impact on the travel industry, since a large number of Asian students and their parents travel home during the summer holidays.
"We have proposed September 27 as the opening date after the Eid Al Fitr holidays. There is no specific proposal about the closing date and each school can decide it according to their convenience. We are waiting for approval from the Ministry of Education to take a final decision," a senior official of an Asian private school told The Peninsula yesterday.
If the proposal gets the ministry's nod, these schools would close for the summer holidays in the last week of July or the first week of August to re-open by September end. "The idea behind the proposal is to club the summer and Eid holidays since it will be more convenient for the students, parents and teachers," said the official.
Enquiries with other schools revealed they were planning their holidays as per the new schedule. "We are rescheduling our holidays according to the proposal. However, we will stick to the two-month holiday schedule. A final decision will be taken after the ministry's approval," said another school official.
Note: The title originally was Late leave: Private schools may reschedule holidays but I changed it because it's a false title by the news. It's SOME schools as I hardly consider only the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Phillipine schools as all of the private ones in Qatar.