Ministry bans music, dancing in schools
By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS
Published: Jun 10, 2010 03:04 Updated: Jun 10, 2010 03:04
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education issued on Wednesday a circular to all schools
in the Kingdom ordering that no music or dancing be allowed during upcoming
graduation celebrations. School events may also not be advertised in local
Graduation celebrations, it added, are to take place in the morning within the
last three weeks of the academic year.
"The celebrations should not disrupt the school day, lead to the cancellations
of classes or cause students and teachers to absent themselves the next day,"
the ministry said, adding that no cameras should be allowed in schools.
Education Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdullah has received reports from
concerned parents fearing there might be excessive celebratory activities that
may last well into the night, especially in public schools for girls. The
ministry cited a recent incident where a private school for girls in Yanbu
brought in a folkloric troupe that specializes in singing and dancing at
wedding parties that continued all night in honor of graduating sixth grade
Saleh Al-Sayed, the parent of a girl attending school in Yanbu, said such
parties are unacceptable. "In the past, public schools used to make special
programs marking the end of the year during which gifts were handed out to
students. Now these activities have become dancing and singing celebrations
that continue until next morning," he said.
Fahhad Al-Otaibi, another father, said his daughter asked him for a lot of
money to buy special clothes for the graduation ceremony and to share in the
costs of the celebrations.
"These graduation parties, especially in girl schools, must stop," he demanded.
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