UAE announces medium and low fee schools

ahmed atef - | UAE

While private schools in Abu Dhabi increased their advertising on social networking sites, including discounts, teachers and administrators told "Press sources" that the number of student transfers between schools had increased from the previous year. They attributed this to parents looking for schools that offered lower tuition costs. And the advantages you present to freshmen and transfer students.

In particular, private schools in Abu Dhabi compete for students by offering reduced registration and tuition rates. These schools use the catchphrase "seats are limited" to publicise additional fee reductions for transferring students, immediate family members, and early enrollees in the following school year.

Offers ranged from a 4.5 percent reduction in tuition to a 10 percent reduction in transit fees.

Some private schools have taken to social media to advertise their superior education and high academic standards, touting things like the availability of native-English speaking teachers from abroad to aid in instruction, advanced security measures to protect students, and individualised lesson plans for students of all skill levels.

The announcement of a credit card offered through a bank to cover the whole cost of tuition at a discount of up to 4.5% and in interest-free installments was met with excitement by students throughout a well-known network of institutions.

And one of the well-known Abu Dhabi institutions only offered the discounts at a single campus that only established a few years ago and is notorious for charging greater tuition than its competitors.

The families of students Hala Muhammad Kamal, Hisham Rafiq, Marwa Sayed, and Lamia Khaled who opted to change their children's schools cited a disparity in tuition costs between grades in the same school, with some charging less for younger students to entice their parents to enrol them and others charging more for older students.

"I decided to enrol my son in a new school after his school increased the fees and raised them in the seventh grade to 37 thousand dirhams, after it was 28 thousand dirhams in the sixth grade, to a school with the same curriculum, the sixth grade fees in it 27 thousand dirhams, and the bus fee is 4,000 dirhams," said Ibrahim Abdullah, the guardian of a sixth grade student.

Muhammad Alaa, a parent of a kindergartner, said the steep increase in tuition was the main reason he decided to move his child out of the school. Last year, he enrolled his child in KG1 at a British curriculum school with tuition fees of 16 thousand dirhams; this year, the school has set tuition fees for KG2 at 27 thousand dirhams. Noting that the price hike is too much for him to bear, he has opted to have his son transferred to a another school that charges only 19 thousand dirhams per year. This school offered incentives to attract students last year.

The majority of students' families want to be able to send their children to schools that are a good fit for them financially, so they have urged a fair distribution of seats and quality tuition, pointing out that rising costs haven't been accompanied by commensurate increases in quality education. This boosts the schools' annual profit margin from non-academic activities like investment and trade.

Adel Nassif, Ikrami Muhammad, and Nadia Khalaf, private school administrators and teachers, explained that discounts were necessary because many classrooms in schools charging high or extremely high tuition had empty seats because their students' families opted instead to send them to a school charging medium tuition, where their children were able to see significant improvement and progress in the indicators measured by the Irtiqaa School Inspection Programme.

They noted that the end of the previous school year saw an increase in transfer requests from students enrolled in schools charging high tuition in order to find schools charging lower tuition, putting a strain on universities offering medium and low tuition rates and the increasingly popular American and British curricula. Arab and non-Arabic skin tones.

Press outlets also noted the emergence of "registration is open" signs at private institutions with annual tuition rates in excess of 40 thousand dirhams. The number of available school seats in the emirate has increased over the past few years, as dozens of new schools have opened and existing schools have expanded, resulting in the elimination of waiting lists for new student registration and the presence of vacancies in most classrooms, as reported by its employees.

The Department of Education and Knowledge approved the rates of increase in fees based on the results of the education cost index, calculated in cooperation with the Statistics Centre in Abu Dhabi, and set the structure for the increase according to the classification of each school in the programme. This is the fifth year in a row that the Department has confirmed an evaluation of tuition fees. "Irtiqaa" to assess educational institutions, and from that came the cap on tuition hikes for the coming school year.

After three years of operation, and in accordance with the fee structure established by the department, the school may consider a fee increase.

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For the upcoming 2023/2024 school year, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge has decided to implement a maximum optional increase in tuition fees for private schools of 3.94% for those schools with a "outstanding" rating and 3.92% for those with a "very good" rating. Schools ranked as "excellent" will see a tuition increase of 3.38%, "good" schools will see an increase of 2.81%, and schools categorised as "acceptable," "poor," or "very poor" would see an increase of 2.25%.

About 196 private schools were granted permission to raise tuition rates in light of the decision; of these, 11 received a "outstanding" rating, 37 received a "very good" rating, 85 received a "good" rating, and 63 received a "good" rating from the "Irtiqaa" programme for the inspection of private schools. A "good" rating, with only one "poor" institution included.

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