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Emirates Center for Special Needs

Postby shawarma » 07 Feb 2008, 12:02

Emirates Center for Special Needs - DubaiFAQ information. Full name is Emirates English Speaking Centre for Special Needs.

Unfortunately, there was a report today (06 February 2008) in the Gulf News that EESC would be closing down end of this academic year - presumably June 2008. See the Special Needs in Dubai topic for possible alternatives, or to suggest any.

Parents 'devastated' as school shuts down special needs section
By Siham Al Najami, Staff reporter
Published: February 06, 2008, 15:12

Dubai: Forty-three special needs pupils will be forced to leave their school by the end of this academic year as the special education section at their school is closing down.

After 15 years, Emirates English Speaking School [EESS] has decided to close down its special needs section, which currently serves pupils with different learning disabilities.

Parents have asked authorities to take action since they are concerned about the future of their children.

In a written statement to Gulf News, S.S.U. Tabrez, the principal of the school, stated that "due to acute constraints of space we are closing the centre [Emirates English Speaking Centre for Special Needs] with prior approval from the Ministry of Social Affairs which is the licensing authority."

The parent of a five-year-old girl with Down syndrome said the school has good academic standards and has helped many special needs children. However, "the sudden decision to close down the section is ... devastating."

"Some of our children have borderline learning and behavioural disorders, whereby they do not fit into any institution and need to be in the company of regular school goers and EESS provides the perfect environment for their progress," said A.M., a parent. In the same written statement, Tabrez said "now that people are aware of such problems, there are about 30 such special needs centres and parents were provided with a list of centres and fax numbers of approved centres available."

"I quit my job to help my daughter with her education by standing outside her classroom till she got used to the new environment, it takes a long time for a special needs child to adapt to their new surroundings. And now they want to remove her from the place she cherishes," said a parent.
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EESS students to EES

Postby shawarma » 13 Apr 2009, 12:15

A press release yesterday (12 April 2009) from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said that they had given permission for The Elite English School to accept the remaining 20 out of 43 children with special learning needs from the Emirates English Speaking School. The other students had found places elsewhere. EESS (according to the press release but I guess they're referring to the Emirates English Speaking Centre EESC) was supposed to close in June 2008 but parents complained to the KHDA about the short notice so the KHDA and school agreed to continue for another year. The press release said the special needs children start at the EES (or TESS?) from date of the release (yesterday) so presumably that means that the EESC special needs section is now closed. The EESC special needs educator and some of the other teachers also moved to the Elite English School.
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