Nurseries in plea over safety clamp




A KINDERGARTEN and a nursery that have been given just 10 days to slash their class sizes by 174 pupils in total are appealing for more time to implement the order.

The Education Ministry also instructed the nursery to dismantle an extension, while both have been told to service fire extinguishers and cover plug sockets.

However, the private facilities are seeking an extension to the deadline – arguing that they cannot kick out so many pupils at such short notice.

If not then they want the ministry to decide which pupils should be axed.

The two facilities are the Al Najah Kindergarten, in Hamad Town, and the Al Khayrat Nursery in Jeblat Habshi.

Two hundred pupils attend the kindergarten, but the ministry has told it to reduce that number to 160.

Meanwhile, Al Khayrat Nursery has been ordered to reduce the number of its pupils from 180 to just 46.

“We have had a few noted violations from the Education Ministry that we have been working on since November, but some things will take more time than the 10 days they have given us,” said Al Khayrat Nursery principal Batool Hashmi.

“We needed to get the extinguishers serviced and the plugs covered so we did that, but they said the new extension that we added was not up to standard and needs to be dismantled.

“Also, they want us to cut the number of students down from 180 to only 46, which is impossible. The parents will be outraged.

“We will ask the ministry to give us more time to dismantle the extra room and to be able to at least keep the students until the end of the academic year.

“The way things are now there is no way we can meet the 10-day deadline.”

Meanwhile, Al Najah Kindergarten principal Najah Al Asfoor said it had already complied with all the directives except one.

“They said we needed to cover our plugs, that our fire extinguishers were not maintained and that we had too many students,” she said.

“The reason they said the fire extinguishers were not maintained was because I couldn’t find the maintenance receipt when they were inspecting, but I found it since then and that is solved.

“As for the plugs, we fixed that the same day and bought covers for every plug.

“But as for the extra students, I don’t think we can just kick out 40 students in 10 days.

“We asked several parents if they would object, but none of them are willing to take their children out as it will displace them in the middle of their school year.


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