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UAE: Private Schools Not Allowed to Hike Tuition Fees

Private schools in Dubai will not be allowed to hike tuition fees for the next academic year, according to Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

The announcement follows the release of the annual Education Cost Index (ECI), calculated by the Dubai Statistics Centre at -2.35 percent. The ECI is based on statistical indicators that are in accordance with international standards.

The KHDA School Fees Framework outlines guidelines for schools to increase fees depending on their inspection results and ECI. The ECI of -2.35 percent means that fees will remain unchanged for the 2020/21 academic year.

Mohammed Darwish, chief of KHDA’s Regulations and Permits Commission, said: “The Education Cost Index provides complete transparency to both families and investors and balances expectations.”

Some private schools may be eligible for an exceptional fee increase based on clear eligibility criteria as outlined in KHDA’s exceptional fee framework guidelines.


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