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Four villa schools in Abu Dhabi set to close by end of the year

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) has announced four villa schools in the capital serving 3,980 pupils are to be shut down by the end of the academic year, Gulf News has reported. Of the 37 schools left, 32 plan to build replacement schools and are working to receive Adec's approval, while two others will close by the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. The move could mean a jump in fees for parents, with Adec only confirming that tuition fees for pupils displaced by the closures will not increase by more than 20%.