Dubai school fees to be frozen for 2013/14

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There will be no school fee increases for the 2013/14 academic year, Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has revealed.

The announcement comes in line with the release of the annual Education Cost Index (ECI), calculated by the Dubai Statistics Centre at -1 percent.

ECI is affected by the consumer price index and specifically addresses the costs of running a school, including salaries, rent, and utilities.

The KHDA said the ECI of -1 percent means that fees will remain unchanged for the 2013/14 academic year.

Mohammed Darwish, chief of KHDA's Regulations and Compliance Commission, said: "We are sending communications about the ECI and its implications to all private schools in Dubai, to ensure they are understood clearly. We urge schools to also share this information with parents."

Under the School Fees Framework released by KHDA in 2012, schools are entitled to increase fees depending on their inspection results and ECI.

Schools given an 'outstanding' rating from Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) are able to increase fees at double the rate of ECI, those with a 'good' rating by one and half times, and schools rated 'acceptable' and 'unsatisfactory' can increase their fees at the rate of ECI.

The framework, which allows exemptions to be granted to 'good' and 'outstanding' not-for-profit or embassy schools, was developed in cooperation with Department of Economic Development, Department of Finance, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Real Estate Corporation, Dubai Statistics Centre and KHDA, and endorsed by The Executive Council in Dubai.

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Posted by: Oldtimer

Did you know a new school has no cap/restriction on tuition fees; i.e. the owners can charge any amount they want. Now, this ban on increase in school fees for the coming academic year only helps the big school owners; they will just close down any school they think is not profitable enough, like they did for The Westminister School in Ghusais and then open a new one on the same premises after a bit of renovation to the old building. Then they will charge exorbitant fees because it is a new school and these laws are not applicable any more!
Sometimes I feel that we are taken for an elaborate ride by both the KHDA and the school owners.

Posted by: Fadi

Well, I just registered my son at the French International Lycee and came to find out that this year the administration added AED 500 for application fee which was not the case before and raised registration fees from AED 3,000 to AED 5,000. Not sure about next year tuition yet since we did not received the communication from the school but so far we are already AED 2,500 more than this current year. Any body watching???

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