Education is big business indeed

Paying out more does not in itself guarantee quality education or a well-rounded future for children

Gulf News

A recent story on the closure of a school in Dubai for unusual reasons appeared in the local press. The report said that the Westminster School would be closed by 2014 because it charged its students fees between Dh6,000 and Dh10,000 annually.

According to the chairman of the group managing that school and many other such institutions, the justification behind it was: “It is impossible to run a good school with fees as low as Dh6,000 [annually]. If the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) does not allow us to restructure fees, no school charging fees below Dh15,000 will survive in the UAE. In ten years they will all be gone.”