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Private Schools in Capital Not Seeking Fee Hike

Ahmed Abdul Aziz
Filed on March 12, 2009

ABU DHABI - No private school in the emirate has applied to the Abu Dhabi Education Zone for permission to increase its tuition fees from the next academic year.

Private schools in the capital can applyto the private education department of Adez during March and April for increasing the fees, according to an education zone official.

The official, who did not want to be named, said that five schools had applied for permission to increase fees in 2008-09 academic year. However, no school has applied so far for a fee increase in the next academic year.

“The Adez will pay visits to the schools whichapply for thefee increases to prepare reports on the reasons cited for the increase, such as establishing new labs, classes or buildings,” the official said, adding that these reports would be reviewedby the Ministry of Education (MoE) for endorsement.

Ministry’s conditions

The Ministry of Education has defined the conditions regulating any fee hike. The schools, which increased the fees a year back, have the right to apply for a fee increase of 5 to 10 per cent.

The hike can be 10 to 20 per centif the school has not increased its fees for more than two years and 20 to 30 per centif it has not hiked fees for more than three years.

The school applying for a fee hike must submit the documents at least two months before the end of the ongoing academic year.

The documents include a letter from the school clarifying the reasons for the increase; the filled-in official application formof the education zone, a copy of the licence, a copy of the closing statement of account of the school, a copy of the account auditor, the list of the educationists with their salaries,details of transferring the salaries to the bank accounts, copies oflabour contracts, copies of the licences of the school buses and a copyof the medical licenceof the nurse or the school doctor.

ahmed@khaleejtimes.com


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