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Abu Dhabi to close and merge 40 public schools

Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) has said around 40 public schools are to be closed down and merged with bigger schools in their respective localities starting next academic year 2011-2012, Gulf News has reported. The mergers will bring the number down to 271 from the current 299 schools operating in the emirate. Students, teachers and administrative staff of the affected schools will be relocated to other institutions, Adec said.