The Dubai schools authority is investigating allegations a private school has breached regulations by threatening to ban students from attending classes unless their fees are fully paid.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority confirmed it had raised concerns with the school, which it would not name.
It is understood the school’s management sent an email to parents warning children would be suspended from school for three-day periods, which could be repeated. The email wrongly stated the suspension was in line with KHDA rules.
School reports and examination results also would be withheld and no official communication from the school, including education qualifications, letters or parent-teacher meetings, would be issued.
KHDA chief of regulations and compliance commission Mohammed Darwish told Arabian Business the issue had been brought to the authority’s attention and would be further investigated when the new school year started in September.
“The issue had been taken up with the school and its management. However due to closure of the school for summer, an input is awaited,” he said.
“Parents have a responsibility to meet their financial commitments and schools have a right to receive fees in return for the education provided.
“However, as per regulations in place, schools are not allowed to stop students from attending school or appearing for examinations due to non-payment of fees. They can withhold the final examination results and transfer certificates until the fees are paid in full.
“While parents usually honour their financial commitments, those who need flexibility must engage with the school and arrange a suitable payment schedule.”
The cost of school fees has become a hot topic among Dubai’s private school parents.
Some claim they have taken out loans while some British expats have sent their children back to the UK to attend a boarding school.
The KHDA determines how much schools can increase their fees according to its annual inspection report as well as the education cost index calculated by the Dubai Statistics Centre.
It decided there would be no fee increases for 2013-14.