Posted by: Pradeep | February 7, 2009

Dubai Modern High School – does it make a case for fees hike?

Dubai Modern High School fees rise from academic year 2009 is giving jitters and is of great concern to parents. DMHS is one of the GEMS group schools which has raised the fees substantially leaving parents in hot soup. There are other GEMS group schools (viz. Our Own English High School etc.) which have also adopted the same path, it seems to be money collection drive from GEMS group. While KHDA is doing great job in terms of regulating private schools it seems GEMS group somehow manages to skip the guidelines and rules (like smart criminals can avoid law for long times). Please read below what KHDA website says on fee in private schools

Fee decision extended for a year
Last year’s decision on school fees for private schools in Dubai has been extended for this academic year. 

The maximum allowable rise was set at 16 per cent for 2007-2008, with some exceptions. Most schools that raised their fees last year used their full allowance. These schools, two-thirds of private schools in Dubai with 97,525 pupils, will not be able to impose any increase for 2008-2009.

Those schools that increased their fees less than 16 per cent can now top up their increase, to a maximum 16 per cent, if they wish. In effect, therefore, schools have been allowed to increase tuition fees by up to 16 per cent over two years, inclusive. This figure includes all mandatory associated costs levied on parents, including transport, books, uniforms and food.

Look at the last statement of above rule by KHDA which was clearly bypassed by GEMS last year while they increased transport fees by 300% by socalled outsourcing (in mid term). I wonder how KHDA officials have kept mum on this last year. Had it been a school for locals, would they have taken similar stand? Or since there was no formal complaint lodged by parents they decided to keep a closed eye on the issue and allow GEMS group to pickpocket the parents.

Do read following link which throws light on similar practices of GEMS group in past and intervention of government officials in time to smooth out the greed http://www.desertspeak.com/viewtopic.php?t=1104#p2100. Also look at intentions of GEMS group to “corporatise” eduction in India also http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/02/28/stories/2008022851150700.htm.

I have done analysis of fees hike requests to KHDA by private profit making schools and approvals by KHDA. The analysis specically for GEMS group schools in Dubai is here >> gems_school_fee_hike_private_2008_2009. You would easily notice that even when as per guidelines the schools were not eligible for fee hike, all 18 GEMS group Dubai schools did request for fees hike and the hike requested was highest amongst all private schools (profit making) in Dubai. The only school which was ahead of them was Buds Public School (CBSE), they didn’t get any rise approval as they got the land rent freeze. Doesn’t this prove that GEMS group is having prime focus on profit and nothing else?

See below the proposed increases (revision 2);

#

Description

Existing

2009-10

2010-11

Effective

 

Fee Increase

 

45%

31%

increase%

1

KG I

14,094

20,430

26,770

90%

2

KG II

14,094

20,430

26,770

90%

3

Grade I

15,950

23,120

30,300

90%

4

Grade II

15,950

23,120

30,300

90%

5

Grade III

16,820

24,380

31,950

90%

6

Grade IV

16,820

24,380

31,950

90%

7

Grade V

17,690

25,650

33,610

90%

8

Grade VI

17,690

25,650

33,610

90%

9

Grade VII

17,690

25,650

33,610

90%

10

Grade VIII

17,690

25,650

33,610

90%

11

Grade IX

18,908

27,410

35,920

90%

12

Grade X

18,908

27,410

35,920

90%

13

Grade XI

20,880

30,270

39,670

90%

14

Grade XII

20,880

30,270

39,670

90%

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