An Asian man selling fruit outside Aisha Um Al Moamenin Intermediate Girls School
Bahrain: Parents of students caught in a row over schools fear they could be forced to move their children to a school surrounded by labour camps, it has emerged.
The Education Ministry had earlier recommended moving students of the dilapidated Sanabis Primary Girls School to Aisha Um Al Moamenin Intermediate Girls School in Manama.
The move followed directives by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to renovate the Sanabis school which has around 500 pupils aged between six and 12.
However, parents, unanimously rejected the suggestion due to the high presence of labourers in the area.
“These workers have a different culture and some may behave inappropriately and we feel that our children won’t be safe,” said school parents committee member Hassan Ebrahim.
“We respect the ministry for its efforts and we understand that it is doing its best to find the best place for the children.
“But we are alerting them to a bigger problem as labourers pose a risk to children’s safety.”
He said parents became more worried after a recent kidnapping incident in which a five-year-old girl went missing for more than 24 hours.
It happened last Tuesday in Hoora when someone drove off in her mother’s car while she was sitting in the back seat.
A Bahraini man of Pakistani origin and an Asian woman were arrested over her disappearance the following night and the girl was reunited with her family.
“We can’t be hearing about such incidents and allow the decision to take place,” added Mr Ebrahim.