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President exempts fees of 15,750 expat students.

ABU DHABI All expatriate students at Abu Dhabi public schools have been exempted from tuition fee overdue for the past three years.

The move comes following directives from President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the official news agency WAM has reported.

A total of 15,750 expatriate students in Abu Dhabi will be exempted from paying Dh192 C million worth of overdue fees C following Shaikh Khalifa's generous initiative, Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) said C in a statement.

The most recent initiative by the President aims to provide dignified life and stability for all residents of the UAE and to relieve their families of financial burden ahead of Eid Al Fitr and the forthcoming new academic year. ADEC said the move is part of the country's efforts to achieve excellence and put the UAE on par with advanced nations and promote creative competitiveness.

Relieving the expatriate families of financial burden will positively reflect on the community as they are part of the social fabric which the government seeks to reinforce, ADEC said.

The UAE nationals, nationals of other GCC countries, children of UAE national women, children of diplomats, orphans sponsored by UAE nationals, families who already benefit from previous decrees issued by His Highness the President and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and children of some of ADEC's employees will not benefit from the exemption.

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Date:Aug 16, 2012
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