A new system for school fees comes into force next academic year.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)’s updated School Fees Framework means that around 90 per cent of students are not likely to have their fees increased by more than 2.07 per cent in 2019 to 2020.
That figure is the estimated value of Dubai’s Education Cost Index (ECI), which is the base for private school fees. The ECI takes into consideration school operating costs, including teacher salaries, electricity and water expenses, and rent, among others.
Private schools will not be allowed to increase fees if their rating declines. Meanwhile, private schools that keep up their ranking can increase their fees by the same value of the education cost index.
Private schools whose ranking improve from ‘Very Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ will be allowed to increase their fees by 1.5 times of the education cost index value. Schools whose assessment moves from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’ will be allowed to increase their fees by 1.75, meanwhile, schools that move from ‘Very Weak’ category to ‘Weak’ or from ‘Weak’ to ‘Acceptable’ will be allowed to increase their fees by double the 2.07 per cent.
What does this mean for parents?
Looking back at the education index in Dubai private schools over the past years, the new framework means about 90 per cent of students are not likely to have their fees increased by more than the estimated 2.07 per cent.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, chaired a meeting of Dubai Executive Council where the proposal was rubber stamped.
The meeting also heard the KHDA also proposed regulating any increase in the cost of school transportation, uniforms and school supplies “in coordination with the concerned authorities.”
Sheikh Hamdan added: “Education is a top government priority. Meeting the growing needs of future labour market requires successive developments in the education sector and developing proactive legislations that ensure enhancing the relationship between educational service providers, students and their families.”