Dubai: Starting in the new academic year (2018-19), parents in Dubai will no longer have to sign the parent-school contract every year. Existing contracts will continue to remain valid as long as a student studies at the same school. Amal Belhasa, CEO of knowledge and human development policy at Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said: “A new contract will only be issued and signed if a student moves to a new school”. Parents will also receive any updates in the original contract and have an opportunity to inquire with the school before the contract automatically renews on the resumption of classes at the beginning of the academic year. Also, schools will no longer list optional fees as part of the contract as all optional fees will have to be mutually agreed between both parties separately.