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Some Dubai schools reject higher fees despite new KHDA price hike allowance

Some parents receive notifications from private schools about the increase in fees

Some Dubai schools are freezing prices, despite KHDA rules allowing an increase.

Some schools in Dubai have already started notifying parents about the tuition fees increase that will come into effect from the 2023-24 academic year. On the other hand, there are some schools that have informed parents that they will not be increasing their tuition fees.

Indian curriculum schools who commence their new academic year in April have already sent the notification to parents, while other curriculum schools that begin their year later are yet to do so.

The Indian High Group of Schools has sent a letter to parents of pupils enrolled in its schools, informing them of the decision not to increase fees.

The not-for-profit education group operates schools on three campuses in Dubai and teaches the Indian curriculum.

Dubai school fee freeze 

It is the third year in a row that the education provider has maintained fees.

The letter sent to parents of Indian High Group of Schools said: “We are — exactly as we did last year — yet again choosing to keep school tuition fees as is this year, maintaining status quo.

“We strongly believe it is imperative to support all our stakeholders in ensuring they have continual access to world-class learning without having to face the added pressure of an increase in tuition fees”.

The group has more than 9,000 enrolled students at campuses in:

  • Oud Metha
  • Garhoud
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis

According to the KHDA, the fee increase has been approved considering various factors including Dubai’s economic situation and the operational costs of private schools.

School fee increases only apply if the institution maintains or increases inspection ratings.

Despite being eligible for a price increase, The Indian High Group of Schools has opted to freeze prices.

It said: “We do believe that you understand the magnanimity and generosity of the board of trustees in remaining steadfast in their support for learners and their parents, in ignoring yet another opportunity to justifiably increase school fees”.

Dubai schools are able to adjust fees dependent on the outcome of inspection ratings from the KHDA.

Price increases can range from 3 to 6 per cent, with higher increases only available for those schools that improve on their ratings.

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