Private schools in Dubai earned Dh7.5 billion in tuition fees in the current 2017-18 academic year — Dh700 million more than the Dh6.8 billion collected last academic year — a new report shows.
The Dubai Private Education Landscape 2017/18 report, released by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, also said 53 per cent of students pay less than Dh20,000 in annual tuition fees, 4.5 per cent fewer than last school year.
According to the report, titled ‘Doing Well, Being Well: The Health and Happiness of Dubai’s Private Schools’, the average school fee is Dh26,865 (without taking into account discounts).
There are currently 194 private schools in Dubai, teaching 281,432 pupils — a 2.9 per cent growth in enrolment. This academic year, 11 new private schools opened in Dubai.
The newly released figures come weeks after the Dubai Executive Council announced a freeze on private school fee increases in Dubai for the coming academic year (2018-19), which starts in September, to ease the financial burden on parents.
The announcement on June 6 was welcomed by parents, who had been expecting eligible schools to increase fees, as is usually the case. However, a number of schools eligible to increase fees had said before the June 6 announcement that they would freeze or reduce fees.
In Dubai, school fee increases are tied to the Education Cost Index (ECI), announced by Dubai Statistics Centre, and the school’s KHDA inspection rating. Together, the system is known as the School Fees Framework. The higher the school rating, the higher the allowed fee increase (in multiples of ECI).
Private school fees in the UAE are one of the highest in the world, costing parents an average of Dh528,486 per child (from preschool to primary and secondary school), according to a report by Zurich in August 2017.
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