The Ministry of Education has issued a circular to schools in the UAE, banning them from asking parents for money for graduation ceremonies in an effort to prevent parents from being overburdened with excessive financial commitments at the end of the year. As graduation ceremonies are set to take place after Eid Al Fitr and the official school calendar, the public and private schools and nurseries will have to bear the cost themselves or from sponsors, in which case obtaining approval from the concerned authorities is a must.
The ministry also banned graduation ceremonies from taking place anywhere outside the school premises which causes additional expenses to ensure parents are not charged for the cost. According to the circular, graduation ceremonies should be held in a safe and secure manner, either in the school or in communal halls which do not require any monetary compensation and must not have elements or content which is deemed incompatible with Islamic Sharia. Children should also not be denied entry to the ceremony because they did not pay the ‘fee’.