School fees to soar in Dubai
Nearly thirty Dubai schools have applied for a fee hike to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) following the announcement of a new fee framework last month.
Mohammad Darwish, Chief of Regulations and Compliance Commission had earlier said that 'the educational institutions can apply for the fee increase only after the results of the school inspection are out', adding that 'the Indian and Pakistani schools already have their results now and can apply within 30 days of receiving the communication from KHDA.'
This year, the outstanding schools can apply for a fee increase amounting to six per cent, while good schools can seek a fee increase by as much as 4.5 per cent. The acceptable and unsatisfactory schools can apply for fee hikes of three per cent.
Detailing the process, Darwish has explained that the decision of whether to hike or not lies with the schools. "Schools may or may not choose to increase fees. This decision lies with the schools themselves. However, once they have chosen to increase fees and apply to KHDA, they can only do so in line with KHDA's approval," he explained.
Now as many as 30 Dubai schools have applied for fee hike. The number of applications is set to increase as the education regulator on Monday announced results of the annual school inspections.
Of the 138 private schools inspected, 11 schools were rated ‘outstanding’, 49 as ‘good’ and 65 as ‘acceptable’. The remaining 13 schools were deemed ‘unsatisfactory’.