KHDA responds to news circulating on social media.
Dubai’s education authority has clarified that news circulating on social media platforms stating all schools in the emirate are closed from March 1, is fake.
The fake news is attributed to KHDA’s (Knowledge and Humans Development Authority) verified Twitter handle but is believed to be an edited picture.
“To make sure everyone in Dubai stays safe, all schools will be closed starting from March 1. Further information will be announced throughout the week,” read the fake tweet that is being widely shared on many WhatsApp groups in Dubai.
But KHDA has issued a clarification and asked parents not to fall for the false news.
“All official announcements will be made on our twitter, Instagram and Facebook channels. We advise everyone to avoid sharing messages and screenshots without first verifying them,” tweeted KHDA on Saturday evening.
Fake news! All official announcements will be made on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook channels. We advice everyone to avoid sharing messages and screenshots without first verifying them ??
– KHDA (@KHDA) February 29, 2020
The official announcement from KHDA had similar wordings but says “all internal and external gatherings at private schools and universities in Dubai have been cancelled. This includes camps, sports and trips. This is a precautionary action only. Safety is always our top priority.”
Many parents said they mistook the fake tweet as an official announcement.
“I saw the tweet shared on a WhatsApp group by some parents and it looked real. There was no reason to doubt it was fake until I checked the KHDA handle,” said Aneesha Chacko, parent of two.
Mervin, another Dubai parent said she forwarded it to all her friends’ thinking that it was genuine. “I least suspected it to be fake. Why would anyone photoshop the KHDA twitter handle and create a tweet to spread panic. This is a serious crime and people behind this should be arrested,” said Mervin.
Saba Syed, another parent tweeted that “so many parents have forwarded this message to each other, but this can’t be found on KHDA’s page. Seems like fake news is being created.”
Anjana Sankar is a journalist by profession and a humanist by passion. Her cluttered desk is not indicative of her state of mind.
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