For the third consecutive year, the hike was determined by the cost index, which is calculated by a comprehensive analysis of the operating costs incurred by schools. The higher the ranking the school receives in school inspections, the more the school can raise its fees.
Meanwhile, a report by the authority found that 58 per cent of the 243,715 students attend private schools that charge more than Dh10,000 per year. With the increase of fees in the 127 private schools, this percentage is expected to increase even more.
A majority of parents interviewed by
"I would have not been able to spend that kind of amount on my children's education if I had to depend on my salary alone. I have rented out the family house in
However, he would very soon need to revise his choice of school, he says. "I plan on transferring them to a more affordable school in two years' time because by then, my eldest son will be in university and I would need money to pay for his university tuition."
A school survey conducted last year by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com found that one in five families spends more than 30 per cent of their monthly household budget on school fees. The findings, which were based on responses from 596 households across the
Furthermore, another study featuring 1,072 parents, which was conducted by the same website, found that one in three parents pays their children's school fees late and two out of 10 take personal loans to pay them.
Father of four
Hamad says he is expecting to pay off the loan in two years' time with the profit made from his interior design company.
In addition to school fees, Pakistani father of two Ameer Rehman said small additional fees here and there can add to the load. "There are registration fees, extracurricular activity fees and cost of stationery, uniforms and books that parents also need to take into account when planning their budget for their child's education. I paid around Dh20,000 for both my children's fees, but now it seems that I need another Dh10,000 to cover the rest of the costs."
Although many parents like Hamad believe that schools offering higher fees offer better quality of education, inspections results show that this is not the case.
If you take the
The KHDA also agrees that higher fees do not necessarily mean better education as it has previously stated that many schools that got Â€˜good' rankings charge between Dh10,000-Dh15,000 a year.
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