School fees hike approved

Fees at Dubai Modern High School will rocket by 45% next year

The Dubai Modern High School will implement a 45 per cent increase on fees beginning this academic year.

According to a school circular, the new fees will be implemented on a pro-rata basis and will be effective from August 30 the first day of the second term of the academic year 2009-2010.

A 31 per cent increase required for the full increase of 90 per cent increase will be made effective from April 2010.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDAapproved the fee hike on condition that the school completes the construction of an auditorium.

When the school moved its new campus to Nad Al Sheba in May, the KHDA ruled that the school cannot go ahead with the pre-approved fee increase citing that the campus is not fully ready based on the master plan school officials had submitted.

The decision to increase fees caused an uproar among parents of students of the GEMS management institution.

They openly challenged the academic authority's decision but school officials insisted that they are ready to take in 2,400 and hence, should be allowed to increase fees.

Parents meanwhile, were pressing for a decision to revoke the fee hike on grounds that the new campus does not have the needed amenities.

Parents reached by Gulf News for comment were disappointed with the KHDA's decision.

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