By Gavin Gibbon
Application fees and payment plans for deposits for the next academic year will also be waived under relief measures
One of the largest education providers in the UAE has announced discounts of up to 25 percent on fees for its third term.
The move by Taaleem is designed to provide immediate relief to parents facing financial challenges during the current coronavirus outbreak.
It was announced by the UAE Ministry of Education last month that schools would continue with distance learning right through until the summer in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Term 3 fees will be discounted across the entire Taaleem portfolio of schools in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi – by 25 percent in foundation and kindergarten; 20 percent in primary/elementary schools; and 20 percent in secondary schools.
Alan Williamson, CEO of Taaleem, said: “We have consulted widely with our community and taken time to decide best how to do the right thing for all our parents. We believe that as a home-grown company, providing relief for all was morally the right thing to do.
“With the announcement of this discount, we hope to show not only our support for all our parents but demonstrate how much we value them as a community; we are all in this together.”
Taaleem is also making provision for individual parent payment plans, re-enrolment packages, reduced schools fees for the next academic year (as previously announced) and a waiver on application fees and payment plans for deposits for the next academic year.
Williamson added: “We will continue to invest in our ‘outstanding’ teachers, who are making incredible efforts to deliver a fantastic programme of distance learning. Parents should be reassured that when normal schooling resumes, all our schools will be incredibly well prepared, fully staffed and resourced with our existing inspired and passionate staff.”
Taaleem Holdings, a provider of early childhood, primary and secondary education, currently operates seven schools and three nurseries in the country and has a capacity of 11,000 students with current enrolment figures of around 9,000 students.
It offers education across multiple curricula, including British, American and International Baccalaureate, as well as a multi-lingual early childhood programme.