[Renamed] Modern High School Dubai
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Modern High School Dubai
|School name||Modern High School Dubai|
|Type of institute||private profit-making K-12 school|
|Curriculum or Student Nationality||Indian|
|Qualifications or Courses||IB, CISCE, ICSE, ISC|
|Head of school||Mr Darryl Lancelot Bloud (Principal)|
|Executive body or owner||GEMS Education, Varkey Group|
|Date founded||October 1986|
|Number of students (approx)||2300|
|Number of staff (approx)|
|School area, location map||Nad Al Sheba 3 - location map|
|Postal address||PO Box 53663, Dubai, UAE|
|School fees structure||26,780-42,050 dhs per year (2013-2014)|
|Teacher salary range||6,000 - 11,000 dhs per month (estimate only)|
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[Renamed] Modern High School Dubai > Dubai Modern High School > GEMS Dubai Modern High School > GEMS Modern Academy (Dubai)
- GEMS Dubai MHS renamed as the GEMS Modern Academy in 2013. Fees, location, curriculum, etc unchanged. Tel number +971-4-3263339 unchanged.
- Email address unchanged (email@example.com). Websites at www.gemsmhs.com (unavailable after 2018) and www.gemsmodernacademy-dubai.com.
2007-2014 information moved to GEMS Modern Academy page.
[Archive or delete?] November 2010 - March 2011 - incident of alleged rape of student by bus driver
- 05 May 2011 - the Dubai Public Prosecution appealed the not guilty verdict according to press reports, but a date for a new hearing was not yet set.
- 11 April 2011 - Gulf News reported that the three men who were acquitted, were released from police custody during the weekend. It was not clear why there was a delay in setting them free after the verdict.
- 06 April 2011 - the three accused men were acquitted of sexual assault and molestation charges in the Dubai Court of First Instance. Gulf News reported that Senior prosecutors told Gulf News that they will appeal the verdict soon after they study the judgement sheet. A press statement from GEMS Education said GEMS Education notes that the Dubai Court has reached a conclusion that no rape or molestation of one of its students by the accused in the case has occurred, thereby conclusively refuting assertions which appeared in certain sections of the media that GEMS Education or Dubai Modern High School has failed to protect its students.
- 23 March 2011 update: the court case heard allegations of blackmail with a Gulf News report quoting the defense lawyer as saying "It's strange that a mother who claims her daughter was sexually assaulted wants her to go back to the same school. It's clearly a blackmailing situation," and "The mother's goal is to be hired by the school at a high salary to seek financial compensation, or to ruin the school's image," referring to text messages and emails from the mother requesting a teaching position at the school to be closer to her daughter. The father was quoted in the same report as saying "The insinuation that I am doing all this to get a job for my wife is ludicrous. I have nothing against the school but I am appalled that we are being accused of blackmail." The defense lawyer also referred to the GPS records of the bus saying "According to the GPS device, the bus took six minutes between the point before the last drop-off and the girl's house in Karama. It would have been illogical and impossible for the incident to have happened in the scenario described by the prosecutors." The National reported that Prosecutor Ahmed Abdulla al Attar told the court that a psychiatrist had studied the defendants' confessions and denials and found they were trying to deceive themselves and the court. The next hearing and/or verdict is scheduled for 06 April 2011.
- 17 March 2011 update: the 3 accused suspects pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charges in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance according to media reports. The National reported that A forensic expert, SZ, said in her report that no signs of a sexual assault were found during an examination. But she added that most signs disappear within about two hours. The Gulf News quoted the defendants' lawyer as saying "When a person first reads the case papers, he would presume it's a disgusting and ghastly incident. But when you dig deep into the police interrogations, the prosecution witnesses' statements and doctor's report, you conclude that the accusations are baseless." The next hearing is scheduled for 23 March 2011.
- 28 February 2011 update: a statement was released to the media quoting Dubai Attorney General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan as saying "Based on the investigations which were conducted by Chief Prosecutor Sami Al Shamsi, Head of Bur Dubai Prosecution, and prosecutor Ahmad Al Attar and Dubai Police's forensic reports, the girl was not raped but she was molested. The suspects have been charged with sexually molesting the girl and referred to the Dubai Court of First Instance."
Media publications reported the tragic case on 16 January 2011 of a 4 year old kindergarten student at a private school in Dubai who was allegedly raped by a school bus driver, a cleaner, and an attendant while on her way home from school (on 11 November 2010).
- A Gulf News report 17 January 2011 said - According to the Dubai Police, the Indian child, a pupil of Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, was allegedly raped by the three suspects on November 11, and later dropped off at her home in Karama.
- The driver had apparently been employed by GEMS Education and the bus transport company, School Transport Services (STS) (partly owned by GEMS), for 14 years.
- STS claimed that one of the accused was not on the bus at the time in question. The Gulf News report 17 January 2011 quoted an STS spokesperson as saying "As per school records, the second conductor was not on the bus used by the victim."
- And the same person also said "The GPS on the particular bus showed no anomaly on the day of the alleged incident," apparently responding to possible speculation that the bus driver had taken a detour. A later report in Xpress (a Gulf News publication) on 20 January 2011 quoted the Managing Director of STS, Col M.L. Augustine, as saying "I cannot say what happened inside the bus but going purely by the information I have from the GPS report, the bus did not stop anywhere except to drop off children from the time it left the school at 10.15am and the time it dropped the girl (the victim) at 11am," referring to a GPS report of the bus movements which Xpress had obtained and reviewed.
- The parents did not report the incident until 05 or 11 January 2011 (both dates seen). According to a Khaleej Times story 16 January 2011, the parents upon discovering their daughter had been abused, took her to India - However, the parents, apprehensive about highlighting the issue and having problems with the school, decided to go to India. The doctor in India said that the girl had been raped and had lost her virginity. And Gulf News on 16 January 2011 wrote The father said he did not report the incident immediately because he feared the consequences.
- A spokesperson for GEMS, the owner of Dubai MHS, was reported as saying "On January 5, 2011, a parent from one of our schools approached us and made an allegation relating to an incident involving her child on a school bus on November 11, 2010. We have been very sensitive to the parents' wishes that this not be made public in the interest of the child."
- Another Gulf News report on 17 January 2011 of an interview with the child's parents said The child's father told Gulf News: "We have gone through hell. We have met people who wanted to brush this under the carpet and those who genuinely wanted to help us. ... We approached GEMS on January 5 and they encouraged us to report the matter to police."
- GEMS also said "The safety of all children at GEMS is our highest priority and any allegation of this nature is greatly disturbing."
- The Gulf News report also said the three suspects have confessed to the crime, according to police, and are now in custody pending investigation.
- Khaleej Times reported on 17 January 2011 that Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police, said, "The school and bus company were partly responsible for what happened. They must appoint women on buses to take care of children." Stronger words were quoted by Emirates Business 24-7 on 18 January 2011 - "The first person to be blamed for what happened to the poor girl is the school management for recruiting a male driver and supervisor for the school bus." Maj Gen Mozaniah also reportedly directed some criticsm towards the parents - "The parents did not have to wait for two months to come forward and file complaint. They should have done this long time ago, and not left the suspects free for all that time to get away with what they did."
- An editorial in The National on 18 January 2011 said None of those charged in the incident - a bus driver, a cleaner and an attendant at a private school in Nad al Sheba - underwent a background check before they were hired. ...
- ... appearing to conflict with what Gulf News reported on 17 January 2011, writing that an STS spokesperson said they employ people after screening them for criminal record with Indian police.
- Major General Al Mazeina (Major General Khamees Mattar Al Mozaina, Mozainah), Deputy Head of Dubai Police, was reported as saying "The recent rape case of this girl highlights the importance of establishing a specialised unit for such cases due to their sensitive nature,"
- On 18 January 2011, GEMS responded to the reports with a press release about providing woman bus conductors on all its bus services. Chairman of GEMS Education, Sunny Varkey said "I am announcing today that GEMS will ensure that all its buses will have female supervisory staff on board and that we are looking to recruit 700 female bus staff. ... We will begin this process immediately, concentrating on deploying the new female staff on the buses transporting our kindergarten students. ... I am also announcing that CCTV cameras will be installed in all buses carrying GEMS students. This will be a phased process and will begin with buses catering to younger children."
The Khaleej Times carried some readers' comments on 18 January 2011, as did many other newspapers. What was disturbing was that some of the comments appeared to indicate there were more incidents of a similar nature which had gone unreported. The KT said:
In response to the KT coverage of the molestation of a four year old child in a school bus we are receiving hundreds of comments, some detailing reports of other similar incidents. We cannot carry any of these reports unless they are first reported to the police. The police are your friends and they are there to help you like they helped this family. This hesitation to go to the police only makes a situation worse. Please take the courage of your conviction and if you are a silent victim seek their help because if you do nothing that molester is out there and is a danger to some other child. That is not something you would like on your conscience.
Whilst some UAE residents and visitors might be reluctant to report a rape or any other form of sexual assault to the police for fear of being arrested for having had sex (as has happened on several occasions), if the incident involves a young child, such fears should be groundless. Although there was a worrying case in Abu Dhabi in 2010 of a 14 year old girl being charged with consensual sex and a 28 year old bus driver being charged with rape, after an encounter between the two parties. And another case in Ajman where a 14 year old schoolgirl was arrested and jailed (while awaiting trial) in March 2011 on a charge of adultery.
Last update 12 January 2019
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