Al Maali International School
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Al Maali International School in Abu Dhabi
|School name||Al Maali International School|
|Type of institute||private K-12 school|
|Curriculum or Student Nationality||Arabic, Islamic, US|
|Qualifications or Courses||MOE, US, co-ed KG-G3|
|Head of school||Khadija Al Sayar (Principal)|
|Executive body or owner||Mr Ibrahim Khalifa Al Suwaidi (Chairman)|
|Date founded||August 1996|
|Number of students (approx)||1,700|
|Number of staff (approx)|
|School area, location map||Al Bateen, MBZ City, Mussafah - location map|
|Postal address||PO Box 42007, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|School fees structure||6,000-18,000 dhs per year (2012-2013)|
|Teacher salary range||3,000-6,000 dhs per month (2012-2013)|
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Al Maali International Private School (AMIS, AMIPS) tuition fee schedule, general information
|Annual tuition fees (AED) 2012-2013|
|Annual tuition fees (AED) 2008-2009 (Arabic)||6,500||7,500||7,500||7,800||8,100||8,400||8,700||9,000||10,000||10,500||11,000||12,000||13,000|
|Annual tuition fees (AED) 2008-2009 (US)||6,500||7,500||9,000||9,300||9,600||9,900||10,200||10,500||11,500||12,000||13,000|
- 2012-2013 fees information not supplied. Please send fee structure to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tuition fees AED 7,000-20,000, registration fee AED 500, bus transportation AED 3,000 (annual?) source unknown, amounts and year of validity not confirmed.
- 2011-2012 fees information not supplied. Please send fee structure to email@example.com. Admission registration fee AED 500 (not confirmed)?
- 2009-2010 tuition fees unchanged at AED 6,500-13,000? Registration fee AED 500?
- 2006-2007 tuition fees AED 6,500-13,000, unchanged since 2000-2001?
- School offers Arabic curriculum grades K-11 and American curriculum grades K-9. Classes are mixed from KG to Grade 3, and segregated boys and girls sections from Grades 4-12. Almost all students are Muslim, about two-thirds are Arab, and about a quarter are Emirati.
- Owner's name, student and teacher numbers and nationalities, teacher pay scale, not supplied.
- Location is Shabiya 12 (Shabia 12) sector, Mussafah Community (new campus). Old location was Al Bateen area, next to old Rawafed Private School location, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi St (30th St) near Al Buteen Park.
21 October 2013 review
- School location and contact details update. New tel +971-2-5591000 (previous number +971-2-6667661) and fax (previously +971-2-6664886).
- School has relocated from Al Bateen to new campus at Mohammed Bin Zayed City (MBZ City), Mussafah. Date of relocation not supplied (was in 2011?). Al Ma'ali School Facebook page says Founded on April 25, 2011 In Abudhabi Musaffah.
- Principal is Khadija Al Sayar (Khadijha Rashed Al Sayyar, Khadijah Al Sayyar).
- New website at www.almaali.sch.ae (previously at www.maali.sch.ae, offline since end of 2010?).
- Tel number still +971-2-6667661 and location still in Al Buteen according to the UAE Yellow Pages and other sources, but updated to +971-2-5591000 according to ADEC information.
- Additional email address firstname.lastname@example.org? Al Ma'ali School Facebook page at facebook.com/almaalischool (unknown if an official page).
- School opened in original location in Al Bateen 25 August 1996 for classes from KG to Grade 9, expanded to separate Arabic and American streams in 2000, expanded to Grade 12 level (year unknown - 2011?).
26 April 2012
- School website at www.maali.sch.ae appears to be no longer available. Alternative or new domain not found or supplied.
April-May 2012 - bullying incident at Al Maali School reported in the press
- Update Sep 2013: Al Ma'ali School also has a detailed Child Protection Policy document with emergency contact numbers for members of the school administration, management, and board of governors.
- Update Sep 2012 and Feb 2013: Al Maali School has published an Anti-Bullying Policy document which starts off saying "The school does not tolerate bullying in any form." Followed by details of procedures and disciplinary action for dealing with bullying at the school.
- 24 April 2012 - Media reports said that a grade 7 girl at Al Maali School was hospitalized in an intensive care unit, in a coma with a brain haemorrhage, after a group of boys at the school allegedly bullied her and beat her up on Thursday 19 April 2012 after the victim apologised when she was accidently pushed into one of the boys. The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) is investigating the incident. The father of the girl also filed a case at the Musaffah Police Station. Gulf News report said The Grade 7 pupil, who attends the Al Ma'ali Private School in Mussafah .... indicating the school has relocated from its Al Bateen location (date of relocation not supplied).
- 26 April 2012 - a report in The National quoted the school principal, Khadeeja Al Sayar, as saying "These fights happen all the time. The boys were questioned by the police. After the officers made them understand the gravity of the situation, the boys still said they only gave her a box on the stomach." It's not clear from the principal's "... all the time ..." comment whether she is trying to say it is acceptable for victims of bullies at schools to end up in an intensive care unit, or just that it's normal in the UAE for groups of boys to beat up individual young girls in the UAE. As far as we know, hospital intensive care units in the UAE don't have a large number victims of school bullying incidents.
- 27 April 2012 - Gulf News reported with the headline "Principal pleads for errant pupils accused of bashing Loujain", quoting the principal as saying about the boys "They are now scared and depressed because they had been identified online and are being harassed daily". The report did not say if the principal thought the victim was also scared and depressed - she had also been identified online - although that might be difficult to know at present since the victim is still apparently in a coma. Nor did the report say what the principal thought of the implication that she seemed to be sympathetic to the bullies but not to the victim.
- 27 April 2012 - The National reported that the victim had an underlying medical condition which meant she was more susceptible to a brain haemorrhage if she was beaten, but did not say if the bullies knew this or if the victim had attempted to inform the bullies before they started beating her up. The report said she had a condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), said Dr Hasnain Haider-Shah, a consultant physician of interventional radiology at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. Dr Haider-Shah said [name removed] also had a pre-existing aneurysm, an enlarged artery caused by a weakened blood vessel. The doctor was quoted as saying "The slightest amount of trauma could have caused bleeding, and the degree of injury on the soft tissue indicates the attack may not have caused this much bleeding on its own, but acted as a trigger."
- 08 May 2012 - ADEC apparently issued a statement (not supplied) which said "As provided in related laws and regulations, if findings show that any school failed to provide the required type of monitoring, inspection, safety and security required, ADEC has the right to take all necessary steps as stipulated in the current laws and regulations and it may get to the closure of such school according to the magnitude of the violation committed by its management." The statement did not say how that would help the victim, reform the attackers, or benefit all the other students and staff at a school if it was closed down.
- In response to news reports about the ADEC statement, the school principal was reported in The National as saying "We're not the first or the last school that had an incident like this. Similar incidents have taken place in other schools, and they have not been shut down, nor have they attracted such media attention."
- And in the Gulf News as saying "I do not think that the school will be shut down as such incidents are not unique to us but rather take place in various levels in every school."
- It seems then that the principal has more information than ADEC or the media about how frequently school playground fights in the UAE result in participants ending up in a coma in intensive care in hospital, so it is understandable she feels somewhat bewildered as to why her school is making headlines while the others aren't. However, we can't find information about other similar incidents so we don't really know how often schoolyard bullies have beaten victims badly enough to send them to a hospital intensive care in the UAE.
- 10 May 2012 - newspapers reported that the assault victim has gone home, and is conscious and recovering.
- 09 Sep 2012 - Gulf News said that The family of Loujain Hussain claims that she was refused admission for the new academic year at the school where she was attacked by bullies in the schoolyard earlier this year. Gulf News said they were unable to get a comment from the school, and the report didn't really say why the girl was refused admission, but there was a quote from Mansour Lootah, a lawyer at Pan Globe Advocates and Legal Consultancy, who said "Legally, the school has no right to deny Loujain enrolment in the school. The parents now have to go to the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in order to resolve the issue".
- 10 Sep 2012 - further to the question of the girl being readmitted to the school a confusing report (or a report about confused officials from ADEC) in the GN first said The parents of school-bully victim Loujain Hussain will meet this Wednesday with ADEC officials to determine whether the child will return to the school where she was attacked. Representatives from the Abu Dhabi school will also attend the meeting, an official from ADEC confirmed to Gulf News. But then in reference to the family's claim the school is refusing to re-admit her, the same report said The school have refused to confirm or deny the family’s claim. However, an ADEC’s official said the family’s claim is untrue, despite Loujain being out of school.
- 15 Sep 2012 - Gulf News reported that the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court had issued its verdict on for the bullies. Mansour Lotah, the lawyer from Pan Globe Advocates and Legal Consultancy, who is handling the victim's case, was quoted as saying "The court has issued a warning to the boys for their actions and asked their parents to sign a pledge which calls for expulsion of the boys from the school in case they make the same mistake again." It wasn't clear from the report if that meant they would be expelled just for bullying someone again, or if they had to beat them badly enough to put them into hospital in a coma and cause brain damage and blindness.
04 October 2006
- Al Maali International School (AMIS?) website difficult to navigate, address or location details not found.
- Year of fees information not confirmed.
- Also referred to as Al Ma'ali International School, Al Mali School, Al Maali Private School, Al Maa'li International Private School, Al Mali Pvt Sch, etc.
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|Emirates National School MBZ City||September 2011||K-12||Arabic, US, UK||22,240-55,920|
|Private International English School||September 2010||K-12||Indian||8,600-13,000||PIES reviews|
|Shining Star International School Abu Dhabi||April 2014||K-12||Indian||7,900-15,500||SSISAD reviews|
Last update 23 November 2013
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