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Benefits in New Fee Framework

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A new school fee framework is all set to make education more affordable by limiting school fee increases across Dubai’s private schools.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said: “The fees framework takes into account the cost of living and financial expectations of families in Dubai. These measures will ensure almost 90% of all students enrolled in Dubai’s private schools will no longer face fee increases above the set Education Cost Index (ECI).”

Private schools that have maintained the same school inspection ratings will only be allowed to increase their fees line in line with the annual ECI. Schools dropping in the annual ratings will no longer be allowed to increase fees. 

According to KHDA estimates, average fee increases will be lowered by 35% in comparison to the provisions allowed under the previous fee framework.

As part of the new framework, only schools improving in the annual school inspection ratings by Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) will be eligible for fee increases above the set ECI.

Dubai Statistics Centre 2019 Education Cost Index: 2.07 %

‘Weak’ to ‘Acceptable’: eligible to increase fees by double the ECI (4.14 %)

‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’: eligible to increase fees by 1.75 times the ECI (3.62 %)

‘Very Good’ to ‘Outstanding’: eligible to increase fees by 1.5 times the ECI (3.11 %)

*Statistics and Figures Supplied by KHDA