Dubai private schools cannot increase fees for 2022-23

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The decision was made by KHDA following the release of the latest Education Cost Index (ECI)

Dubai, March 02, 2022: Private schools in Dubai will not be able to increase fees for the academic year 2022-23. The announcement was made by The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) following the release of the latest Education Cost Index (ECI). 

ECI measures annual changes in the costs of running a school, including salaries, rent and utilities, and has been set at -1.01 per cent this year. The Index is calculated by the Dubai Statistics Centre.

Mohammed Darwish, CEO of the Regulations and Permits Commission at KHDA says, “Dubai private schools continue to demonstrate strong growth and resilience, driven by the trust and confidence of families. Our robust fee framework ensures complete transparency and balances the expectations of families and schools.” 

The Education Cost Index and the Fee Framework were developed in collaboration with Dubai Government entities, including Dubai Statistics Centre, Department of Economic Development, and Dubai Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Meanwhile, enrolment at Dubai’s private schools has increased by 5.8% since February 2021.

Around 21 new schools have opened in the past three years, taking the total number of private schools to 215.