The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai, in has just made it possible for 124 schools in Dubai to increase their fees for the academic year 2017-18. Of the existing 168 schools, only 44 will continue with old school fees structure – iCademy Middle East (an online education provider), Al Mizhar American Academy, Deira Private School are amongst those education providers, which will not hike school fees.
With KHDA communicating its fees hike decision now, schools have assured to communicate the same with parents sometime soon.
Interestingly, Pakistan Educational Academy, Iranian Towheed Boys School and The Japanese School have gone for the maximum fees increment. These schools had made special request to KHDA to do the needful.
School fees in general are increased in Dubai on the basis of KHDA ratings. However, this time, the schools have been given a nod for fee hike, despite KHDA’s 2016-17 ratings not being available as of now.
As a norm, outstanding schools and every good schools is allowed to raise their fees by 4.2 percent. Schools rated as good and acceptable can do so by 3.6 and 2.4 percent respectively.
Given the current trend that prevails in Dubai, the higher the school rating, the high the school fee structure. As of now 80 percent of Outstanding Schools and Very Good Schools have hiked their fees. And it is being assumed that about 80 percent of Good schools will also be doing the same. All popular Indian High Schools have also chosen to follow the trend.