Kid Dies In Bus: Top Abu Dhabi court orders school closure

Coudecupholds ADEC's decision to close Al Worood Academy Private School

ABU DHABI 7 May 2017: The Court of Cassation Abu Dhabi has upheld the decision of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), to close Al Worood Academy Private School -following the death of a three-year-old pupil in a school bus.

It cited that the death of child, Nizaha Alaa, was not an individual incident, but resulted from a major breach in security, safety and health requirements in a way that jeopardises the lives and safety of students.

Nizaha Alaa
Nizaha Alaa

Earlier, Adec had set up a committee to investigate the incident and had decided to suspend the school, placing it under the administrative and financial supervision of the council until its closure. Adec also rejected a petition by the Academy against its decision, said Wam.

The Academy filed a lawsuit before the Abu Dhabi Administrative Court to demand the cancellation of the Adec’s decision, describing it as contrary to the provisions of private schools regulations and calling the death incident an individual case.

Adec rejected the school’s plea before the court, stressing that the decision was the result of a serious violation committed by the school.

The Court of First Instance rejected the school’s case. So, the school lodged an appeal before the Court of Appeal, which overturned the initial judgment of closure and consequent effects.

Adec contested the Appeal Court’s ruling before the Court of Cassation, which referred it to the Court of Appeal. Once more, the tribunal overturned the Adec’s decision. Adecagain referred the case to the Court of Cassation, which upheld the Adec’s closure decision.

By Sheena Amos