Dubai Permits 5.2% Increase in Private School Fees; Check Detailed Calculation

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

The KHDA has announced that private schools in Dubai can increase their fees by a maximum of 5.2%, depending on their recent inspection ratings.

The KHDA has set the Education Cost Index (ECI) at 2.6% for the upcoming academic year as the basis for fee adjustments.

Schools can enhance their fees based on their inspection rating improvements. Those advancing from 'Weak' to 'Acceptable' or 'Acceptable' to 'Good' can double the ECI, resulting in a 5.2% increase. Similarly, schools progressing from 'Good' to 'Very Good' can raise fees by 1.75 times the ECI, translating to a maximum increase of 4.55%. Meanwhile, schools improving from 'Very Good' to 'Outstanding' can increase fees by 1.5 times the ECI, up to 3.9%. Schools maintaining the same inspection rating are allowed a fee increase of up to 2.6%.

The Education Cost Index is derived from private schools' annual audited financial statements, reflecting operational costs, and developed in collaboration with the Digital Dubai Authority.

This marks the second consecutive year of fee increases after three years of stability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools were permitted a fee hike of up to 6% in the previous academic year.

Shamma AlMansouri, KHDA's Director of Permits, highlighted the alignment of fee adjustments with inspection ratings, underscoring educational quality and sector competitiveness. She emphasized the transparent process, integrating a scientific methodology to analyze financial statements, and ensuring stakeholder interests and sector sustainability.

Enrollment data reveals that over three-quarters of students were enrolled in 'good' or better-rated schools last year, with a 12% increase in private school enrollment since then. Dubai boasts 220 private schools offering 17 curricula, catering to over 365,000 students.

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