Archive for April, 2011

Schools revenues’ Overshadow the trading houses in UAE

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.

Try 141 for black points ….:)

A decision by traffic police to cut down the speed limit on Abu Dhabi-Dubai motorway from 160 km per hour to 140kph will be enforced on Sunday.
The decision, which was announced last month, is intended to upgrade road safety following a series of deadly accidents over the past few months on the motorway, one of the busiest streets in the UAE.
Police had set April 17 as the date for enforcing the new rule, which means that motorists travelling at 141kph would be hunted by the speed cameras dotting the Abu Dhabi-Dubai motorway in both directions.
According to police sources, an average 9,000 vehicles use the 100km road stretch between the two cities per hour at peak time.
“Drivers are called upon to abide by the new speed limits to ensure their safety and protect the lives of other road users,” police said in a statement, adding that heavy duty trucks must also abide by the 80kph speed limit.

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