Pvt schools warned against fee hikes

DUBAI — The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has warned all private schools in the emirate against unauthorised hikes in ancillary fees related to services, supplies and facilities (i.e. transportation, uniforms, textbooks, etc.) for the new academic year.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 19 Jul 2007, 8:48 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:13 AM

A letter to this effect was issued recently by Dr Abdullah Al Karam, chairman of the Board of Directors and director general of KHDA.

The letter reminded schools of the March 2007 deadline for the announcement of fee hikes. Schools are required to justify any additional charges based on the cost of services, and fees must be announced and fixed prior to the commencement of student registration. The Authority reserves the absolute right to approve or reject any fee increases announced prior to school registration in the event they are deemed abusive, unjustified or arbitrary.

Dispelling rumours about unauthorised increases in ancillary fees by some private schools, Al Karam said: “Our role in the Authority is to set and implement policies which ensure fair treatment of students and parents, while also supporting the needs of private schools. We understand that this is a difficult equation. It’s a challenge to protect all parties - school owners, students and their parents.”

He added: “The policies declared earlier this year were clear. We looked very carefully at the other fees imposed by schools to make sure they would not be used as a way to circumvent the policy set by the Authority.”

Jameela Al Muhairi, executive director of the private education sector at the Authority commented: “I wish to inform private schools that the fee policy of the Authority was the result of comprehensive research and consultations with all stakeholders in the educational process, including parents and school owners, as well as being in line with international best practices in education. We are dismayed by these rumours about fee increases after registration and will respond firmly to abuses.”

She added: “Those who attempt to raise fees now should recall that last March, 14 schools applied to raise fees in a manner we deemed unjustified and that their requests were denied. We now say to all private schools in Dubai that no fee increases, announced now, for the coming school year will be permitted.”

The regulation of school fees was one of the first policies issued by the Authority. The Authority is now monitoring the implementation of this policy to ensure that fee structures help ensure the provision of better educational opportunities for residents in Dubai.

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