Raising school fees not an outstanding decision
As much as I'm happy to see the kids back to school today, it's also such a depressing day to see the merciless profit-obsessed educational institutions resume business.
With a green signal from the KHDA, there’s the much-expected and feared fee hike. My daughter’s school fees have increased by 6 per cent this year. Why? Because schools rated as ‘outstanding’ in the schools inspections are allowed to hike fees by 6 per cent.
Apparently, the schools rated ‘good’ will only be allowed to raise the fees by 4.5 per cent, and ‘satisfactory’ and ‘unsatisfactory’ schools will be allowed the lowest hike of 3 per cent.
My question is why is a school allowed to increase fees for being supposedly outstanding? Isn’t that their job?
And how can you allow the schools that are not ‘outstanding’ to raise their fees then? Shouldn’t you be returning money to parents because the school isn’t outstanding, rather than rewarding the school with permission to increase fees anyway?
Is a higher percentage fee hike the only incentive for a non-outstanding school to do better? How on earth can a school rated ‘unsatisfactory’ still be allowed to charge more? The message schools seem to have received is clearly ‘do better so you can fleece parents for more’ rather than do your job right because that’s your minimum obligation.
I’d say the system is flawed.
Bemused parent, Dubai