Dubai School Group Declares "No Fee Increase" despite the Official Approval

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

A Dubai-based school group's decision not to raise school fees for the upcoming academic year stands out in light of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority's (KHDA) recent allowance allowing private schools in Dubai to increase fees by up to 5.2 percent.

This announcement comes following KHDA's release of an Education Cost Index (ECI) of 2.6 percent, providing a basis for fee adjustments for the 2024–25 academic session.

Punit MK Vasu, the CEO of The Indian High Group of Schools, articulated the rationale behind their decision to maintain current fee levels for the second consecutive year. Despite facing escalating operational costs, global inflation rates, and KHDA's authorization to exceed standard fee increments, the school group remains committed to not raising tuition fees. Vasu underscored their dedication to supporting parents amidst financial challenges, emphasizing that the absence of a fee hike allows families the flexibility to allocate resources according to their priorities.

Moreover, the school group vows to continue investing in technological advancements and educational resources to enrich teaching methodologies and enhance the learning experience. Plans include upgrading transportation facilities and campus infrastructure across all campuses. They also emphasize employee welfare through performance-based appraisal systems and increased incentives to promote staff satisfaction.

The decision not to raise fees reflects a commitment to affordability and quality education, prioritizing the well-being of students and families. By absorbing rising operational costs without passing the burden onto parents, the school group aims to set a precedent for sustainable educational practices within the community. They express readiness to collaborate with other institutions to achieve similar goals, fostering an environment of shared responsibility towards providing accessible education amidst economic challenges.

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