Revealed: Dubai parents pay billions in school fees

Education authority says total fees collected by 185 schools reached $1.85bn in 2016-17
By Parag Deulgaonkar
Wed 24 May 2017 01:43 PM

Annual revenue of Dubai schools jumped by 11.48 percent during the 2016-2017 session over the last session, according to an analysis by Arabian Business.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), in its 2016-2017 report, said total fees collected by 185 schools reached $1.85 billion (AED6.8bn) in 2016-2017 from $1.66bn (AED6.1bn) in 2015-2016.

It said, however, 57.5 percent of students paid less than $5,449 (AED20,000) in fees per year compared to 60.7 percent students in the last term.

Twenty percent of students were new to Dubai in 2016-2017 session, taking the total number of student enrolment to 273,599, comprising 141,806 boys and 131,793 girls. Fifteen new schools opened last session, enrolling 5,842 students.

Number of UK curriculum schools reached 73 (91,903 students), followed by 34 US curriculum (48,397 students) and 33 Indian curriculum (79,844 students).

According to KHDA, the emirate is expected to add 120 new schools over the next 10 years, with 10 new schools set to open this year.

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