The board of the girls-only ‘Aminiyya School’ have expressed concern over the Education Ministry’s decision to introduce grade 1 students to the school next year, claiming that the structural integrity of the building made it a danger to minors.
Ahmed Ali, a board member of the school, told Minivan News that the board members were concerned that the school building was “very old and weak”.
“The building is 32 years-old and was built with stones, it is very weak and if minors were brought in it would be very dangerous,’’ claimed Ahmed. “We have informed the education ministry several times about the condition of the building – last Sunday the whole board went for an urgent meeting with the ministry to discuss the issue.’’
The whole board, Ahmed said declined to bring minors to the school unless the building was renewed or refurbished to a strong condition and decided to resign if the ministry acted otherwise.
‘’The education ministry said there was nowhere elsewhere to keep the students,’’ said Ahmed.
The board also claimed it opposed the introduction of grade 1 students because of “social issues”.
“This is a school for females and some of them wear short skirts up to the knees,” said Ahmed. “If minors were brought in parents will have to come inside the school compound to fetch the students. If parents can come inside the schools compound, it won’t be only parents who will come in.’’
He claimed that other people would also come into the school “and harass the students.”
Deputy Minister for Education Dr Abdulla Nazeer said the ministry was aware of the concerns of the board.
“Their main concern was the building and it’s structural weaknesses,’’ said Dr Nazeer. “We have surveyed the building to determine its condition and have included the money needed to renew the building in our budget.’’
Dr Nazeer said when the parliament approves the budget, the project to renew the building will be commence.