Fees increase only after all facilities complete: KHDA

Dubai Modern High School, which has been in the centre of controversies, has been given the go-ahead to move to its new premises, albeit at the same fee structure.

By Preeti Kannan

Published: Thu 30 Apr 2009, 8:16 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:25 AM

The school has been directed by education authorities to move to the swanky Nad Al Sheeba premises but said they can increase fees only after all facilities are complete.

“After a thorough investigation, KHDA found that the new premises of Dubai Modern High School (DMHS) are not completed as per original plans submitted. The ongoing construction activity on the site is evidence that the school is not ready in its entirety as per plan. Since this is not the case, KHDA feels that it is only fair and equitable to the students and parents that the move be activated and the new fee structure charged only after the school is fully ready,” said Mohammed Darwish, Chief of Licensing at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), in a statement to Khaleej Times.

“KHDA approved the fee restructuring and the subsequent move based on the readiness of the entire school as per plan. However, due to the circumstances at the old premises, DMHS may move if they wish, but they may only charge the new fee structure on pro-rata basis after the entire school is ready as per plans submitted,” he added.

The authority also laid conditions that there should be no construction activity during school hours and no construction workers will be present on site while the students are in school. “The construction site must be totally sealed off from the usable premises to take care of any health concerns that may arise from dust and other construction related pollutants.”

“Parents are paying the new fee structure so that students can enjoy the new premises and the facilities in its entirety. Since the premises are not completed, it is not fair to expect the existing students to pay for the future infrastructure,” he said.

KHDA’s prime concerns while making this decision were to ensure the safety of the children and balance the needs of the stakeholders.

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