Angry parents have criticized school leaders at the Indian High School for asking older pupils to make their own way to school on top of raising bus ticket prices across the board.
The move is designed to leave more space on the school bus for younger children. The school management said the main reason for requesting senior pupils to organise their own transport to school is because they are confronting an enormous strain on the existing fleet of 79 buses.
The school said the increased transport fee is essential to meet the running costs of their transport fleet. Under the revised transportation fee, pupils commuting within Dubai will pay Dhs185 instead of Dhs135, and those commuting from Sharjah will pay Dhs300 instead of Dhs275.
Ashok Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, IHS, told Gulf News that the school, if possible, would rather not run the transport service. "We made it very clear in our prospectus that the school will not give seats to pupils from Ajman and Sharjah, despite that we provide them admission," he said.
"Those who attend our school from those emirates commute through private buses. I would like to assure parents that the school will not change any of the bus routes and more routes will be added. Providing buses for pupils by the school is an optional service. The parents who have an issue with school bus transportation should try to understand that we have not increased anything for the compulsory services like the tuition fees," he said.
The Indian High School at 49 years is the oldest expatriate school in Dubai with 9,000 pupils, of which 7,500 use the school transport and the remainder make their own arrangements.