UAE: Private school fee hike announced in Sharjah

Schools with a rating above 'Acceptable' will be able to increase the fee

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Published: Mon 13 Mar 2023, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 13 Mar 2023, 11:09 PM

The Sharjah Private Educational Authority has approved an annual tuition fee hike of up to 5 per cent from the next academic year.

The authority said it has evaluated the country's inflation rate and decided that schools with a rating above 'Acceptable' will be eligible to increase their annual tuition fee.

Taking to social media, the educational authority said, "In order to achieve the highest level of quality teaching and learning in the Emirate of Sharjah and in response to the private sector's needs to enhance resources and work requirements, it has been decided to adopt an annual tuition fee increase in Sharjah private schools of a rate not exceeding 5 per cent for the academic year 2023-2024, according to the school's academic evaluation and the country's inflation rate."

Recently, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) had also approved a fee hike in private schools.

Under the School Fees Framework, private schools that maintain the same inspection rating will be eligible to increase their fees by three per cent. Schools dropping in the annual ratings will not be eligible for any fee increase. Schools that improve their rating in the most recent inspections will be eligible to increase their fees according to the methodology outlined in the School Fees Framework.

This framework is applicable to all private schools in Dubai that have completed three years of operation.

Methodology outlined by KHDA to increase school fees

  • Eligible schools that have maintained the same rating of the previous year will be eligible to raise tuition fees by up to 3 per cent.
  • Schools that move up from ‘Very weak to weak’, ‘Weak to Acceptable’ and ‘Acceptable to good’ can increase their fees by 3X2 which is 6 per cent.
  • Schools that improved their rating from ‘Good to Very Good’ can increase their tuition fees by 3X1.75 which is 5.25 per cent.
  • Institutions that have ratings going up from ‘Very Good to Outstanding’ can increase fees by 3X1.5 which is 4.5 per cent.

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