Posted by: Pradeep | January 31, 2009

GEMS Modern High – Is it worth keeping our kids with them?

It was a Parent’s protest day on 29/1/9 at Dubai Modern High School for exorbitant fees hike under the disguise of change in Campus. Same day in the evening Mr. Dino Varkey came out with sugar coated explanation to this fees hike. It informs parents that school has two options either shut or shift due to exorbitant rent hike at present campus. Even if I agree to this version, can GEMS group come out clearly on what rent hike is implemented when Dubai has pegs in place for any rent hikes. Even it is forbidden under the laws of land for landlords to seek vacation of properties if the rent hikes asked for are not as per the rental legislation. Till last year the hike allowed was only 5% and this year it can be maximum of 20%. What GEMS group means by huge hike in rents? What prevents them from taking up the issue with RERA?

On other side why government is failing to provide space for education institutes under its patronage?

Other reasons mentioned by GEMS management are 45% salary hike for staff in last 4 yrs. This anyway is taken care by earlier fees hikes by GEMS. The hike for staff accommodation mentioned by GEMS management (512%) seems to be rigged as nowhere the rents have become 5 times and again earlier rented properties in all emirates have gone through maximum of 50 to 60% rental increase only as per prevalent laws. If the rentals have changed so much then it means that rental committee claims of laws working is not truth.

Last reason given by GEMS management is very high rental for new campus, if it is more than present one then why are they moving there? Is it not a fact that DMHS has increased the student numbers substantially by increasing classes to move to bigger campus.

It was same dirty trick followed by GEMS group in between of term last year for school transportation fees which still stands at 3 times of old fees even when Diesel is back to old rates. This time also they came out with this fees structure after most of the other schools had closed their admission formalities. Why one should shift the kid to other GEMS group schools? Are other schools offering ISCE curriculum?

After failing to dupe the parents by 110% fees hike instead of so called 90% approval, today DMHS has declared new fees structure with 100% rise. See the table below…when I would see social responsibility in this country?

GRADE

2007-2008

2009-2010

2010-2011

Increase%

KG 1

      14,094

       20,430

       28,190

100.01

KG 2

      14,094

       20,430

       28,190

100.01

Grade 1

      15,950

       23,120

       31,900

100

Grade 2

      15,950

       23,120

       31,900

100

Grade 3

      16,820

       24,380

       33,640

100

Grade 4

      16,820

       24,380

       33,640

100

Grade 5

      17,690

       25,650

       35,390

100.06

Grade 6

      17,690

       25,650

       35,390

100.06

Grade 7

      17,690

       25,650

       35,390

100.06

Grade 8

      17,690

       25,650

       35,390

100.06

Grade 9

      18,908

       27,410

       37,820

100.02

Grade 10

      18,908

       27,410

       37,820

100.02

Grade 11

      20,880

       30,270

       41,770

100.05

Grade 12

      20,880

       30,270

       41,770

100.05

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Responses

  1. Hi! Pradeep,
    Just to share with you that the new DMHS campus will have 3700 students courtsey:CPG Consultants who are developing the new campus.

    Second the new campus land belongs to GEMS group bought on freehold basis at a much cheaper market price during 2004-2005 (unconfirmed).

    New campus School facility will be developed in 2 phases, in 2 yrs time which conforms that it will not even have the current facilities available at current location.

    • This means that the fees hike is absolutely unjustified even if the times would have been good. I am trying to talk to one of my friends in SEA who is finance director on one of the trusts which operates schools in different countries. They were willing to look at this place about 3yrs back but had put the plans on HOLD in between. The option which can be long lasting is alternative for ISCE curriculum.


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