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Take a hike

GEMS angers parents with 90 per cent fee increase
Parents at Dubai Modern High School (DMHS) were dismayed to learn that school fees will increase by 90 per cent over the next two years, it was revealed last month.

GEMS, which manages the Indian syllabus school, plans to hike Grade One educational costs from Dhs15,950 for this academic year to Dhs33,520 for the year 2010-2011, and representatives say the increase is unavoidable. ‘DMHS has been forced to relocate because the landlord wanted the site back,’ their official statement says, going on to argue that the only choice is to leave Jumeirah and build a new school in Nad Al Sheba. Despite the millions of extra dirhams the fee increase will bring in, GEMS says that the school will continue to operate at a loss for a few years yet, and the financial plan was approved by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Unavoidable as the increase may be, parents of the 2,000-odd students that will be affected are understandably incensed. ‘We knew there would be a fee hike because schools that shift their premises are not covered by the fee cap, but 90 per cent during a recession, when most of us have a wage freeze, is just wrong,’ one parent told Arabian Business. Another, who wished to remain anonymous, told Time Out Kids, ‘It is the only high school in Dubai to offer the ICSE syllabus – what are we meant to do, move to another country? It is outrageous.’
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If you go down to the woods…

The Gruffalo returns to Dubai, with another tale to tell
‘The gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood,’ but, naturally, the gruffalo’s child didn’t listen… and so follows an adventurous journey where the mischievous madam bumps into the same fox, owl and snake that her father met some years before. Each points her in a different direction, so by the time the little gruffalo gets to the heart of the wood, she is beginning to have serious doubts about the scary mouse that her dad has told her about.

This award-winning charmer of a book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is brought to life by Tall Stories, the same company that gave us the original Gruffalo at the Madinat last year. Aimed at kids aged four and above, the spunky characters in this magical, musical adaptation will have you and your kids singing along. Performances will be held several times during the day at the Madinat Theatre, from March 25 to April 1 (except March 26). Tickets cost Dhs90 for children under 12 and Dhs140 for adults.
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