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Almost 60% of parents say UAE school fees main concern

Cost of education cited as main worry about the country's education system - poll.

Almost 60 percent of parents say expensive school fees are the single main concern with regard to the UAE’s education system, the latest poll has found.

The Arabian Business survey reveals a total of 58.7 percent of respondents thought school fees in the emirates were too high.

The results come on the same day as
Dubai education officials call for a freeze on private school fees

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In a letter to schools, reported in the National, Mohammed Darwish, the chief of the regulations and compliance commission at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said schools needed to “make sure that the children of Dubai do not have their education disrupted because of the economic downturn that has swept the world.”

He said the KHDA would not support any increase in fees.

The poll also found 28 percent of people were concerned about the quality of teaching at the UAE’s schools, while 8.4 percent said they had worries about the quality of the curriculum.

A further 4.9 percent of people said they were most concerned about the availability of school places as many schools had long waiting lists.

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Billy 10 years ago

It is now costs me less to send my daughter to a first class UK University, including her tuition fees, accommodation, subsistence and entertainment costs than it was to send her to Dubai College on a 5 day a week non-board basis. If that is not a clear sign that UAE school fees are ludicrously high then I do not know what is!

mrsvr 10 years ago

I had been to DPS in sharjah for my child KG1, its unbelievable they demanded 250 dhs when I asked this is too much, The way they replied if you want to join your child you pay. this is our standard. i am sure atleast more than 300 parents might have paid in this school also the way of conducting the childs interview is unprofessinal. these kind of fees is too much. atleast minimum of 100 dhs to be done like other schools. I dont understand these DPS is for money collecting right from child's registration. I strongly request KHDA should conduct audit report on these irregular activities. I am not against the DPS but the way charging is too much including the fees.