80% of Dubai schools are eligible for at least a 2.07% fee hike this 2019 - 2020 academic year
29 August 2019| Last updated on 1 September 2019
35 private schools in Dubai will not be allowed to increase their tuition fees
Following the previous round of school inspections, only 80% out of the 176 private schools in Dubai are permitted to raise fees by 2.07% this 2019 - 2020 academic year.
As per the updated inspection framework, only schools that have improved in the annual school inspection ratings will be permitted for tuition increases.
Parents whose children are studying in any one of the greenlit 141 private institutions in Dubai can expect minimal a hike in school tuition. Six schools from the last inspection fell in ratings and are thus frozen from increasing fees, and another 11 - which only started operations last year - are not allowed to raise fees for the new academic cycle.
Only nine private schools in Dubai are qualified to increase their fees by 4.14%, as per KHDA guidelines. Five schools are eligible to maximise their tuition by 3.62%, and four schools can increase theirs by 3.10% after improving from "Very Good" to "Outstanding".
In other emirates such as Abu Dhabi, parents are experiencing a slight increase in fees across many private schools as well.
However, the number of schools who have actually raised their fees for the new academic cycle is unclear. Some schools who didn't meet the requirements to increase tuition are instead offering discounts, while others have kept their fees frozen.
School fees are still set to become "more affordable"
In 2018, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, ordered a freeze on school fees to reduce the financial burdens on parents.
According to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the average school fees in Dubai will be 35% lower for the 2019 - 2020 academic year compared to previous school terms.
The maximum increase for tuition this year is a nominal 4.14%, with most parents looking at a low 2.07% increase.