School confirms price hike

GEMS will go ahead with 90 per cent hike

The school at the centre of a row over its fee increase will keep its 90 percent fee hike despite parent’s continued protests, it was reported on Monday.

Gems Education, which runs the Indian syllabus Dubai Modern High School, said the published increase on its website was “final and in agreement with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority [KHDA]", according to Gulf News.

Gems said the fee hike was a result of an increase in rent which had forced it to relocate the school from Jumeirah to Nad Al Sheba. But parents told the arabianbusiness.com news website that the fee hike was “devastating”, particularly in the current economic climate.

“We knew there would be a fee hike because schools who shift their premises don’t come under the fee cap, but 90 percent during a recession, when all of us have a wage freeze [is wrong],” said one parent.

According to Gems, “GEMS is being forced to move the school from its location in Jumeirah by the end of the 2009 academic session. Faced with the option of closing the school or moving to a new location, GEMS has taken into consideration the best interests of the students and decided to build a new campus."

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