ADEC approves fee increases at 24 private schools in Abu DhabiJune 6, 2017, 11:35 am GMT
The Abu Dhabi Education Council has approved fee increases for 24 private schools in Abu Dhabi for the 2017/18 academic year, while requests from 60 other schools were rejected.
The average fee increase approved was 3%. Of the 84 schools that applied for a fee increase, 14 offer an Asian curriculum.
Currently, 34% of private school students in Abu Dhabi pay less than AED10,000 annually in fees, while 24% pay between AED20,000 to AED30,000, and 12% pay between AED30,000 to AED50,000. Only 6% of students in Abu Dhabi pay more than AED50,000 each year.
Among the requirements for any fee increase applications, ADEC requires official closing accounts from the last two fiscal years from schools. The regulator reviews all fee increase requests based on the applicable assessment matrix and the total points scored based on each standard.
Schools must meet five main criteria set by ADEC's Private Schools and Quality Assurance sector, including school inspection results; school spending on teaching, technical and administrative staff including salaries; professional development, teacher retention rate, as well as the number of SEN students registered in the school and the number of national teaching and administrative staff.
PSQA executive director Hamad Al Dhaheri explained that the criteria and control tools are enforced to balance between investors and parental rights.
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