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School fees rise by 10% in UAE

Education costs register biggest year-on-year rise as consumer prices edge up for first time in three months.

April 24, 2010 2:17 by

Education costs in the UAE saw a year-on-year increase of 10.46 percent, according to official data for March 2010.

Consumer prices rose by 0.68 percent year-on-year in March, following three consecutive months of declines, with the education component registering the biggest rise.

Housing and energy costs rose by 0.5 percent in March compared to the same period last year.

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  1. Anupama V. Chand on April 25, 2010 8:25 am

    It is indeed a sad state of affairs in Dubai, and anyone who doubts the truth of that,simply has to come and live here for a period of six months, to determine that from being a city where one could actually save money, 15 years ago, it is today one of the most prohibitively expensive cities in the world…..the cost of education also rising is probably tantamount to the last nail on th coffin, for many expatriate parents who will have no choice now except to go back to their home countries or send their children back for their schooling…..was that the plan all along, Dubai?

  2. Miss Anne Thropic on April 25, 2010 12:04 pm

    This is what happens when expat parents do not have the option of sending their kids to the local comprehensive school and the private schools operate first and foremost as profit-making businesses rather than non-profit educational institutions.

  3. Andrew on April 25, 2010 1:12 pm

    Sunny Varkey, you got some splainin’ to do.

  4. Miss Anne Thropic on April 25, 2010 2:07 pm

    I feel a little bit ill when Varkey flaunts himself to the media with his self-promoting philanthropy. It was also disappointing to see a fawning interview with him on BBC World the other day – I didn’t expect the BBC to buy his bulls***.

  5. Andrew on April 26, 2010 6:50 am

    Surprised anyone does really, but a fool and their money are soon parted. And in the Emirates there’s always another fool lining up to be fleeced.

    I went to an equally for-profit chain of schools that operate around here, and whilst they also tried to indoctrinate students and parents into believing a for-profit school is better, at least they didn’t rip you off anywhere near as much as the others did.


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