Muscat: There will be no fresh admissions for afternoon shifts in the Indian Schools in Oman from this academic year onwards, the Indian School Board announced.
The move comes after the Indian School Board drew up plans to do away with sessions last year. Thousands of students currently attend Indian schools during the noon session.
Speaking to Times of Oman, Dr Baby Sam Samuel, Chairman, Board of Directors – Indian Schools in Oman, said: “We are planning to do away with the afternoon shifts from this year. That is one of the reasons we are no longer taking fresh admissions in the afternoon schools from 2019.”
In a circular issued to all the parents, the Indian School Muscat said: “We are pleased to inform you that all the children (KG I to Standard 1) in ISM – G (both Al Ghubrah and Darsait villa) will be shifted to the new Indian School Bausher with effect from the new academic year 2019-2020. There will be no classes operating in Al Ghubrah and Darsait villa (a part of Indian School Muscat) from the next academic year since Indian School Bausher has become operational.”
Online registration for admissions from KG I to Class IX in Indian schools in the capital area for the academic year 2019-2020 began on January 15, 2019, and will continue until February 17, 2019.
Parents seeking admissions in Indian School Bausher and other Indian schools in the capital area can only apply for the morning shifts.
More than 47,000 students study in Indian schools across Oman, and every year the board receives more than 4,000 new admission applications. The afternoon shift was created for those students studying in kindergarten to Class V in 2011.
As parents, students, and teachers were not happy with the shift system, the board took up the matter. The parents whose children attended Indian schools, however, welcomed the idea of abolishing the afternoon shifts at Indian schools.
“None of the parents are interested in the afternoon shifts. They go for it if there are no choices available in the morning,” said Sunil, whose two children study in Indian schools.
“Besides, the timings are also not convenient in the summer months for children as they have to attend school in between 1pm and 5pm,” said Sudha, a mother whose child went to ISM.
“Indian School Bausher believes in nurturing young minds from day one through advanced learning interventions and a hi-tech learning environment,” said a school official. “Our smart classes, and three computer laboratories are highly personalised to ensure the future readiness of our students, to prepare them for a dynamic world.”
He added, “The psychological well-being of our students will be ensured through the systematic development of their cognitive skills. Well-stocked with enriching contemporary academic and leisure books and journals, chosen with the utmost care, our libraries are bound to inculcate reading and research as a habit in our students.”
With a built-in-area of a whopping 18,000 square metres, the new Indian School at Bausher boasts of exceptional sports infrastructure for indoor and outdoor activities to promote the health of the children.
The state-of-the-art specialised laboratories such as physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and robotics provide an excellent practical learning environment to support the student-centric academic curriculum.
With splash pools, swimming pools, a sophisticated multipurpose hall, studios for art, music, dance and a health & wellness centre, the school authorities are confident of ensuring a lively school environment to the children.
“Indian School Bausher aims to serve the Indian community and transform the educational face of Oman and assures our children the best of everything that we can provide,” the authority spokesman said.