Over 2,000 people who responded to a poll question at different schools, which asked if the school fees they are currently paying are justified in lieu of the level of education and the services offered by the institution.
A 64 per cent responded that they felt the fees charged were too high, but they had no choice but to stick to this school.
Another 19 per cent of the respondents said they were dissatisfied with fees charged by schools as they did not match the level & quality of education provided by the institution; hence they were looking for a change in the new academic year. Or send children to boarding houses in home countries under guardianship of Grand Parents for the new session
The decision being taken by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Dubai Executive Council (DEC) to freeze fees until a hike is justifiable is probably the right step forward. Barring a few schools, I doubt any institution has managed to increase fees in 2011-2012 academic year.”
Despite the DEC decision to freeze fees in the new school year, GEMS Education announced a fee increase across their Asian schools earlier this year. A spokesperson was quoted in the media earlier as saying that the approval was provided by the Ministry of Education last year for three years to help restructure five older schools.
The remaining six per cent of survey respondents said they thought the fee hike was justifiable and they were satisfied by the level and quality of education their child was receiving.
That 6% is Expats from Europe who live in a salary bracket matched to locals and sometimes higher.
There is salary increment or not in years ahead the cost of sending children to school is surely multiplied when the summer vacations are over and new session comes into swing.