Dubai private schools can no longer easily raise fees

New framework will be based on encouraging schools to improve performance and maintain desired quality levels.

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Secondary students gather on stage ahead of their weekly assembly meeting on the last week of the school term in Wellington International School in Dubai.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Secondary students gather on stage ahead of their weekly assembly meeting on the last week of the school term in Wellington International School in Dubai.

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The Dubai Executive Council, headed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Monday approved a new framework to regulate school fees, put forward by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

It takes into account parents' interests and efforts to obtain education at an acceptable price, while encouraging the advancement of private schools.

The new framework will be based on encouraging schools to improve performance and maintain desired quality levels, according to annual inspections and Dubai Statistics Center's price index for education. No private school will be allowed to raise fees if its rating slips.

The schools that get the same score as the previous year will have the ability to raise its fees in proportion to the change in the cost of the education indicator.

The participants were briefed on KHDA's proposal to develop and modernise the school fees framework in Dubai, which was developed in consultation with all stakeholders.

According to the quality indicators of private schools in Dubai over the past years, fee hike for about 90% of students will not be more than 2.7 per cent.

The updated framework will come into force from the next academic year.

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