Watch out – 90% of private schools in Dubai are going for school fee hike this coming year!
You might be super excited with your child’s school progressing from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’, but the new school fee hike is bound to freak you out! The freeze on all school fees prevailing last year has finally ended and a new fee framework has come into play.
New Framework for School Fee Hike
According to the new fee framework announced by HH Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai, schools can raise fees anywhere from 2.07% to 4.14% depending on how their ratings improved from the last inspection cycle by Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB).
- Schools that maintained their rating can increase their fees by 2.07%, the same value of the Education Cost Index (ECI)
- Schools whose ratings have improved from very weak to weak, or weak to acceptable, or acceptable to good, can increase fees by 4.14%, that’s twice the ECI
- Schools whose ratings improved from good to very good can increase fees by 3.6225%, that’s 1.75 times the ECI
- Schools whose ratings improved from very good to outstanding can increase fees by 3.105%, that’s 1.5 times the ECI
Schools eligible for 3.105% School Fee Hike
- Jumeirah English Speaking School (Br)
- Horizons English School
- Dubai English Speaking School
- Kings School Al Barsha
Schools eligible for 3.62% School Fee Hike
- Raffles International School – Umm Suqeim South branch
- Regent International Private School
- Kings School Nad Al Sheba
- Sunmarke School
- Ranches Primary School
Schools that cannot increase fees because their ratings dropped
- Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou School (Dubai branch)
- The School of Research Science
- Queen International School
- International Concept Education
- Pakistan Educational Academy
- Grammar School
Taaleem Reduces Fees
Despite the new school fee framework, some schools continue their decision to freeze or even reduce fees in the coming academic year. Taaleem is one of them. As UAE’s biggest private school groups consistently rating ‘Outstanding’ to ‘Good’, it considers the increasing cost of living and has gone for improving quality and sensitive pricing in 2019-2020.