A new system to regulate school tuition fees in Dubai has been announced, matching performance to the level of increases allowed.The Knowledge and Human Development Authority has agreed to introduce the new rules for the academic year 2009-2010.
Each school in Dubai will be inspected by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) and its rating will be linked to the range within which it can raise its fees, officials said.
Jameela Al Muhairi, chief of DSIB, said: "The Inspection Bureau is currently carrying out inspections of both private and public schools. To date, 140 schools have been inspected out of 189 schools, and the remaining is expected to be concluded by the third week of April."
She added that all the results of the inspections will be completed by May 17.
Indian and Pakistani schools, whose academic years run differently from other schools, will be inspected during the academic year 2009-2010.
There are seven key criteria to assess the performance of private and public schools; these include the overall performance of the school, attainment, students' progress, personal and social development, teaching and learning, curriculum and school leadership.
According to recent research by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, more than 50 percent of parents spend up to 15 percent of their monthly income on education, while 30 percent revealed that they spend more than 15 percent.
The study revealed that the average household spend on education in Dubai was AED2,711.
Inspectors are putting schools into four categories - unsatisfactory, acceptable, good or outstanding.
The categories will determine the rates of fee increases:
Schools within the Unsatisfactory Category - 0-7 percent.
Schools within the Acceptable Category - up to 9 percent.
Schools within the Good Category - up to 12 percent.
Schools within the Outstanding Category - up to 15 percent.
Mohammed Darwish, KHDA's chief of Licensing and Customer Relations, said: "The system will be evaluated by the end of the upcoming academic year and shall be fine-tuned to serve stakeholders better."