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Dubai School Fees Won’t Go Up Next Year

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Parents in Dubai will be feeling happy today following news that private school fees will not go up next academic year.

Parents in Dubai will be feeling happy today following news that private school fees will not go up next academic year.

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The news was announced by HH Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Matkoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, following an Executive Council meeting.

In a twitter post, Sheikh Hamdan wrote: “During the meeting of the Executive Council, we decided not to increase school fees for all private schools in Dubai for the 2018-2019 academic year, with the aim of relieving the financial burdens on parents and to put this decision into effect immediately.”

Private schools have previously been allowed to raise fees every two years following publication of the Knowledge & Human Development Authority’s bi-annual school inspection results. This year’s results were recently announced and, based on precedent, fees would likely have gone up again in September.

The rate by which schools are usually allowed to raise fees is linked to the Education Cost Index (ECI), which is compiled by Dubai Statistics Centre and currently stands at 2.4%.

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‘Outstanding’ schools can increase fees by up to double the ECI; ‘Very Good’ schools by up to 1.75 times the ECI; ‘Good’ schools by up to 1.5; and the rest in line with the ECI.

It’s no secret that Dubai’s private school fees are high and are a huge expense for parents. In a report published by HSBC last July, the bank estimated that Dubai’s private schools are the most expensive in the world after Hong Kong.

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