Dubai, Mar 10: Regular traffic jams have forced an Indian school based here to make a very unusual request to the Central Board of Secondry Education (CBSE). It has asked the CBSE to start exams an hour late in UAE from next year.
Four students from the Millennium School were stuck in a car on Dubai-Sharjah road for over two hours last week, forcing school authorities to make this unusual request, Khaleej Times reported today. ''We have now written to CBSE to consider the situation in the UAE and from next year, possibly start the examinations by 10, an hour later than usual. This is the first year where we have experienced such heavy jams,'' headmaster of the school Jude Myers said.
''We are also considering taking up the issue with CBSE. The traffic issue is specific to the UAE, especially Dubai and Sharjah, and we do not want our students to suffer because of this,'' said principal of another school based here. Parents and students have welcomed the suggestion.
''It would be a great relief if it does happen as mornings are peak traffic time. My Grade X daughter gets so worked up just before the exam as she is scared she might get stuck in a jam,'' a parent Shyamala S said. Chairman of the Council of CBSE-affiliated schools in the Gulf M C Sebastian, told Khaleej Times from Riyadh, that he was aware of the road bottlenecks in the UAE.
''In view of the acute traffic problems in the UAE, we will strongly recommend the case to CBSE. We will definitely request them to consider at least a half an hour postponement of the exams from next year,'' he said.
However, Mr Sebastian asserted that if a decision was taken it would have to be implemented in all CBSE schools globally, rather than just the UAE.
More than 3,200 students from Grade XII and about 4,500 students from Grade X in the UAE are appearing for the exams this year.