The scandal of UAE school fees

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Posted by: Dina Haddad

In Montreal we have the same system, registration fees are between 100$-150$.
The best.. We pay 100$ every year for ALREADY registered child for the next year, means that at the end of 6 years of secondary school, they cash 600$ /per child for ONE time registration.
By simple calculation the school ends by having 150,000 $ per year as cash in hand, literally in their pocket.
If one try to ask why, traditional reply is: public school are free.

Posted by: Manesh Gurnani

SE - i agree fully with yr 2nd point. The schools r giving all homework on the net, thereby saving teachers time & money on stationery, books, etc, after v paying so high exhorbent school fees. What r the teachers doing in the classroom??? My daughter is in 2nd grade GEMS school & frankly most of the homework (90%) has to be done with the assistance of her mother, as it requires checking on net, printing, photographing, pasting. Sometimes same topic is dragged for a whole school term, without any extra further educational topics. If parents r to educate our children at home, then what is school for, playing or has my daughter's school headmaster told in a meeting that "parents r suppose to teach the children & the school is only here to assist the children in learning" rubbish!!! I request Dubai education dept, KDHA, to take a serious step b4 v parents lose our patience.

Posted by: Katy

One more time Gems has set the trend on raising extortionate fees in the UAE. For 2013-2014 they have jacked up re-enrollment fees to 2,500AED and parents of new students don't get their fees back in they do not get a seat. Sadly, other schools have followed suit. Bradenton Prep, just to mention one, has increased its re-enrollment fees from 500AED to 2,500AED and they are also requesting the payment be made by Feb. 14th. KHDA rated them as acceptable (notorious Nibras got the same rating by the way) yet they believe they ought to command obscene fees 8 months ahead of the new academic year.

I can only praise and encourage Anil and other brave journalists to continue using their share of voice and to write on the controversial topic of schooling fees until Govt. steps in to regulate the business of education. Parents can raise their voice as well. Imagine the impact of an online petition signed by the 100,000+ parents whose children are schooled here.

Posted by: Laura

It would be interesting to read the report with the following details
-how much money each school was making from registration process
-how many kids registered and how many got spaces
-how transparent the registration process was
-How was the "customer service" after the school collected 500 AED

Posted by: maria

I think the main problem here is with outstanding schools (there might be 1 exception), they think they are the best on the planet. I wanted to have a tour in one of the outstanding schools and the lady was saying from a distance "we are fully booked for 2 years" I asked about the open day and she said we don't have any as we are so busy. She was saying that without asking about the age of my child. They are also too busy to inform parents who registered that their child didn't get a space, they don't bother answering the phone or responding to emails.
Arabian Business bravo!!!!

Posted by: Corben

Well, to name some: Kings School, Jumeirah School, Jebel Ali Primary, Wellington...just a couple that have extremely well commercially trained Registrars that give you an excellent pitch, only to find out that 200 other parents have been swindled into paying 500 non-refundable dirhams for 20 places they have internally secured. Great cash flow operation.

Also, if you dig into the backers of these schools, you will find "very well run" private equity firms reporting interest ROI's in their funds exposed to "education".

Wake up and smell the dubai coffee machine.

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