Dubai - In a few cases, fees was completely waived.
As the ongoing Covid-19 crisis is being tackled in a united manner by the UAE government and other entities, Emirates International Schools (EIS) has stepped up to ensure that no student is deprived of an education due to financial constraints, as an increasing number of residents face salary cuts and job layoffs.
EIS is offering customised discounts on upcoming third term fees for 2020 - up to a 50 per cent reduction in special cases - following extensive consultations with staff and parents.
This timely relief is set to ease financial pressure on families and improve their confidence in the security of their children's education.
In a few cases, school fees have also been waived for parents who provided documentation showing that their income or jobs had been direly affected.
Students at two EIS schools - EIS Jumeirah and EIS Meadows - are set to benefit from the fee discounts or waivers.
By approaching the school management on or before 30 April, parents can avail of means-tested discounts and settle outstanding tuition fees. The re-registration deadline was extended after EIS made a decision to review the immense appeals from parents seeking fee relief measures.
In spite of the current uncertainties, EIS has also pledged to retain all of their current staff members, lending them full support until normal school operations are resumed post-coronavirus.
Amna Khalaf Al Habtoor, Director of Schools at EIS, said: "In the light of the ongoing challenging situation, with a number of our parents facing layoffs and financial exigencies, we are willing to go the extra mile and work hand in hand with them to mitigate some of their pressures.
"Apart from the special third-term discounts which we are currently offering parents on a need-based roll-out, we are also providing students with devices to facilitate and ease their distance learning programme from home. We are working in tandem with our parent community to better adapt distance learning protocols to the students' needs," Al Habtoor added.