Ministry bans music, dancing in schools

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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