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Posted On: 14 May 2013 12:23 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

School fees hike unlikely

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The next academic year, starting in September, is not likely to see an increase in school fees since the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has not granted permission to any private school to hike fees. Some 80 private schools and kindergartens had sought permission from the SEC to raise their fees during the 2013-2014 academic year, but all the requests have been rejected, a local Arabic daily reported yesterday. Sources in an expatriate school said yesterday that the school had shelved plans to hike fees, having failed to get approval from the SEC’s Private Schools Office. “We have been applying for the past two years in a row but have not been granted permission until now,” said a source. Last year, the SEC had allowed 24 private schools to raise their fees by not more than 10 percent for the current academic year (2012-2013), which ends in June. Some of these schools had sought permission for a further hike, said the daily. Private schools require approval from the SEC for any hike in school fees. Schools that have raised their fees over a period of three years are not likely to get permission for a fresh hike. Schools seeking permission for a fee hike are required to provide details about their current fee structure, including all types of fees. A panel at SEC decides on the applications based on a set of criteria. Last year, only schools that had made significant improvements in their facilities and services were granted permission to increase fees. The SEC also examines whether the fees charged by a school are compatible with its services and performance. The financial status of the segments of society each school caters to is also taken into consideration.