Dubai pri­vate schools can’t raise fees this year: KHDA

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DUBAI: In a big re­lief for the par­ents of school going chil­dren in Dubai Knowl­edge and Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (KHDA) has an­nounced that pri­vate schools in Dubai will not be el­i­gi­ble for tu­ition fees hike for 2020/21 aca­demic year.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows the re­lease of the an­nual Education Cost In­dex (ECI), cal­cu­lated by the Dubai Statis­tics Cen­tre at -2.35 per cent. The ECI is based on sta­tis­ti­cal in­di­ca­tors that are in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Mo­hammed Dar­wish, Chief of KHDA’S Reg­u­la­tions and Per­mits Com­mis­sion, said, “The School Fees Frame­work pri­ori­tises the in­ter­ests of stu­dents and par­ents and en­cour­ages in­vest­ment in the education sec­tor by al­low­ing schools to de­velop long-term growth plans, as well as mo­ti­vat­ing ex­ist­ing schools to im­prove the qual­ity of education they offer. The Education Cost In­dex pro­vides com­plete trans­parency to both fam­i­lies and in­vestors and bal­ances ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Over the last seven years, 72 new schools have opened in Dubai and more than 70,000 ad­di­tional stu­dents have en­rolled, mark­ing a 31 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of stu­dents at­tend­ing pri­vate schools.

The KHDA School Fees Frame­work out­lines guide­lines for schools to in­crease fees de­pend­ing on their in­spec­tion re­sults and ECI. The ECI of -2.35 per cent means that fees will re­main un­changed for the 2020/21 aca­demic year.

Some pri­vate schools may be el­i­gi­ble for an ex­cep­tional fee in­crease based on clear el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria as out­lined in KHDA’S ex­cep­tional fee frame­work guide­lines.

En­roll­ment at Dubai’s pri­vate schools in­creased by 2.9 per cent last year, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est education land­scape report re­leased by KHDA.

Last month, the KHDA had re­vealed the in­spec­tion report of In­dian and Pak­istani cur­ricu­lum schools in Dubai for the year 2019-20.

The KHDA sur­vey showed that four schools have im­proved their rat­ings from “Good” to “Very Good.”

The report also said that the num­ber of stu­dents in the schools that im­proved their rat­ing is 6,000.

Re­cently, the KHDA had also launched a new plat­form called “Rah­hal” that al­lows stu­dents to en­joy greater learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, any­where and any­time.

Rah­hal pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive ap­proach to education through a frame­work that can be cus­tomised to the needs of each spe­cific learner.

A new report by the World Bank called on schools in Dubai to con­tinue work­ing to­gether and fur­ther im­prove col­lab­o­ra­tive prac­tices.

The report ti­tled, “Col­lab­o­ra­tion Road: Dubai’s Jour­ney to­wards Im­proved School Qual­ity,” was launched at the Global Education and Skills Fo­rum, GESF 2019.

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