School Fees

School fees are a contentious issue for many. For a good school, you can expect to pay Dhs.25,000 plus per year during the primary years, Dhs.30,000 and up for the middle primary years, and as much as Dhs.60,000 per year for secondary school. Ouch!

What you can do
If you’re lucky, your company may include an education allowance for school fees as part of your employment package, so it’s worth trying to negotiate for this when accepting a job offer. However, you should note that this is no longer very common.Parents struggling with fees are advised to notify the school, which may agree to a payment plan. Banks can advise on a savings scheme or loans; Barclays, for example, offers an Education Loan. 

Waiting lists
Additionally, you will usually pay around Dhs.500 to put your child’s name on a waiting list, and a registration fee (around Dhs.2,000), which is deducted from your annual costs. Crucially, you must sign your child up for your chosen school as soon as you can (sign-up is usually in February) as competition for places is extremely fierce.

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