IISJ 2nd shift good news for parents
IISJ 2nd shift good news for parents
This has come to the relief of many Indian parents, who have been tirelessly seeking admission for their children to the KG section of the community school.
According to sources, Saudi education authorities had previously approved the second shift, but formal information was only recently sent through diplomatic channels.
Sources also said that the same request was turned down by local authorities two years ago.
Indian Consul General Faiz Ahmed Kidwai and school Principal Syed Masood Ahmed have been working for nearly a year to obtain permission for the second shift.
Saudi officials, however, have granted permission only for the KG section. The second shift, which will be known as the “afternoon shift,” is thus set to commence soon.
Sources said that the school is currently recruiting teachers for the KG section. The last date for applying for teaching positions online is Sept. 15. Sources also said that transportation arrangements have also been arranged within the existing fleet.
The KG section has been under pressure to admit huge numbers of children despite attempts by school authorities to increase the quota.
The present premises comprise twin buildings, which can accommodate 1,800 students. The buildings, located on Al-Ahli Road in the Rehab district, were opened in 2011 exclusively for the KG section and lower primary classes following efforts made by the then Indian Ambassador, Talmiz Ahmed.
Nevertheless, the premises could not accommodate more than 20 percent of applicants, who were chosen on a lucky-draw basis.
Fast track to Hajj on Jakarta’s ‘Makkah Road’
- A fast-track clearance for Indonesian Hajj pilgrims has been opened at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport
- The initiative comes as the first groups of pilgrims left from six Indonesian cities, including the capital
JAKARTA: A fast-track clearance for Indonesian Hajj pilgrims — known as the “Makkah Road” — has been opened at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta airport.
The initiative comes as the first groups of pilgrims left from six Indonesian cities, including the capital.
Indonesian and Saudi officials, including Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Indonesia, were present at the official launch of the fast-track facility on Tuesday.
Airport operator Angkasa Pura has installed 20 booths to process Hajj pilgrims, with each counter manned by two Saudi immigration officers.
“This is the first time the immigration process has taken place in Jakarta, so they will not have to go through custom clearance on arrival in Saudi Arabia and can go directly to their buses, which will take them to their accommodation, while their luggage will be handled and delivered directly to their respective hotels,” Al-Shuaibi said.
“This is a step to improve our Hajj services. We have introduced it this year at Jakarta, where about 60,000 pilgrims are expected to depart. We will introduce it in four cities next time and eventually we hope to introduce it all Hajj embarkations in Indonesia,” he said.
The envoy said that about 400 pilgrims underwent the fast-track clearance in an hour at the airport on Tuesday.
“We appreciate King Salman’s initiative that makes the pilgrims’ journey much easier. It shows that we have a deep and close relation,” Indonesia’s Minister of Social Affairs, Idrus Marham, said.
Director-General of Hajj and Umrah at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Nizar Ali, said that 4,486 pilgrims had left from Surakarta, Surabaya, Jakarta, Padang, Makassar and Lombok. More than 221,000 pilgrims are expected to leave Indonesia this year, with the last departure on Aug. 14.
Garuda, the Indonesian airline, expects to fly as many as 108,000 pilgrims in 280 groups from around the country.
Among the 393 pilgrims who left Jakarta was 91-year-old Mohammad Hasan Saad, from East Jakarta, the oldest person in the group.
Hanif Fakri, a member of the medical staff assisting the group, said that Saad was making his second pilgrimage after his first Hajj in 2012.
Hanafi bin Dogol, a 50-year-old pilgrim from East Jakarta, told Arab News that he been on a seven-year waiting list waiting for his chance to go on Hajj.
“I have been practicing and learning the rituals. I hope I can accomplish the pilgrimage in the most favorable manner,” he said.