x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

'I'll leave the UAE if there is no school'

Mother is ready to pack her bags and leave the UAE if her daughter does not get a place at a school in the capital.

ABU DHABI // Bhagya Lakshmi, mother of Reshma, 7, is ready to pack her bags and leave the UAE if her daughter does not get a place at a school in the capital.

"I cannot stay here if there is no school," she said. "I will find another job and move to Qatar. "It will be a difficult decision to make but it is the only way we can ensure a continuity in her education."

Ms Lakshmi has applied to two schools and has already been rejected from one. Her daughter was studying at a school in Dubai but they had to move to Abu Dhabi this year.  "We had to move because of a new job offer."

Many parents in the capital face a similar dilemma due to the shortage of places at Indian schools. The Abu Dhabi Education Council has said several schools will eventually open up to ease the problem.

But for now, Ms Lakshmi finds the situation bleak.

"It will be difficult to move but I have to do it for Reshma and her future," she said.

aahmed@thenational.ae