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Private schools in Dubai allowed to hike fees for next year

Private schools in Dubai can increase their fees for the 2016-17 academic year by a minimum of 3.21 per cent and up to a maximum of 6.42 per cent, depending on their ratings following annual school inspections. This increase is based on the new Education Cost Index (ECI), which has risen from 2.92 per cent last year to 3.21 per cent, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced on Sunday. The ECI is calculated annually by the Dubai Statistics Centre, which takes into account the consumer price index and school operation costs, including remuneration, rent and utilities. Fes hike upto 6.42 percent Based on the new ECI, schools rated ‘outstanding’ in the next inspection results — due in April or May — can increase their fees by 6.42 per cent (double the ECI). Schools rated ‘very good’ can increase their fees by 5.62 per cent (1.75 per cent of…

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Qatar’s SEC to launch crackdown against private tuition

Qatar’s Supreme Education Council (SEC) is to launch a crackdown against private tuition from the second semester of the current academic year. The campaign will prohibit private lessons with heavy penalties for people who would violate the rules, Al Arab reported, quoting Mr. Hassan Al-Muhammadi, Head of the Communication Office at the SEC. Heavy penalties The penalties for offenders could be imprisonment up to six months and fines reaching QR100,000 or both. Officers of the SEC will have the judicial authority to deal with any offence in this regard. Al-Hassan said the measures are being taken to implement the new law for practicing of educational services in Qatar issued last September. He urged publishing houses and advertisement platforms to participate in the campaign by refusing to release any material that promotes and encourages private tuition. According to the new law, the SEC has the authority to approve educational centres and issue…

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Indian school in Dubai sacks gardener after molestation complaint

A third-grade female student of an Indian curriculum school in Dubai was groped by the gardener during a school event, parents have alleged. The incident, which took place on Friday, has left parents of students at the school in shock. According to eyewitnesses and a complaint that was sent to the school principal, the gardener was allegedly caught red-handed as he groped the child. The school took “immediate” action after receiving complaints from parents by terminating his services and the man will be “deported within the next 24 hours,” the school said on Sunday. It was, however, not clear if the school has lodged a police complaint. A complaint letter  written by another parent said the gardener was allegedly caught “red handed inappropriately touching” a grade three girl during extra curricular activities on Friday. Since Sunday, the letter was circulating among parents on WhatsApp. School takes action Meanwhile, after being notified about…

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Qatar Emir issues new law on regulation of private schools

Qatar’s Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Sunday issued Law No 23 for 2015, which regulates the functioning of private schools in Qatar. Private schools will have to comply with the provisions of the law within a year from the date it comes into effect. HE the Minister concerned may extend this period for a similar period. Main features of the law Any of the following irregularities will attract either a jail term of up to two years or a fine of QR100,000 or both : Running a private school without a licence Changing the approved curriculum without obtaining the necessary approval Engaging in activities beyond the scope of the licence Textbooks and other educational resources violating the religious and traditional norms of the society Submitting false information to the authorities Providing incorrect information on the façade of the school building or in any of its publications Accepting donations and…

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Private schools not allowed to hike fees suddenly : SEC

Private schools are not allowed to make sudden announcements about fee hikes, a senior official of the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has said. Hamad Al Ghali, Director of the Private Schools Office at SEC said all schools must announce their fee structure in April every year and keep parents informed well in advance in case of an increase in fees. If the school is introducing new programmes which require additional fees, the parents must be told in advance so they can decide whether to keep their children at the school. In case of a fee hike, schools are required to send a letter to all parents informing them about the decision and explaining the reasons, Al Ghali told a local Arabic daily, in response to complaints from parents about high fees of private schools. The fee structure should be presented in writing to the parents who must sign their approval,…

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Expatriate parents upset over school fee hikes

A number of expatriate parents are upset over the recent fee hike by some of the private schools in Qatar. Though the fee hike has been approved by the Supreme Education Council (SEC), the aggrieved parents feel the quantum of increase is ‘unjustified’ and there is ‘hardly any improvement’ in the quality of services received. The SEC had approved a fee hike in the range of 2% to 10% for select schools. While Indian schools which got the sanction had implemented the hike from April this year, when the new academic year began, the international schools started charging the increased fee from this month so as to coincide with their academic year’s commencement. The decision by the Indian schools to levy the increased fee with retrospective effect from April has outraged a considerable number of parents, who felt it should be made mandatory on the schools to announce the fee…

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Why you shouldn’t leave your child alone in a car

Leaving children alone in a car either by their parents or adults can prove fatal and is one of the important causes of heat exhaustion among kids in Qatar, according to a paediatrician at Hamad Medical Corporation. In an interview with Qatar Tribune recently, Senior Consultant at HMC Paediatric Emergency, Dr Bashir Ali A Youssef, cautioned that adults should never leave children in a parked car unattended, even if for a brief period. “Sometimes parents park their cars to get something from a nearby shop thinking that they won’t take long or thinking it will be safe. However, this is far from the reality. You may leave a child in a car in the company of an adult with the air-condition on which is acceptable to some extent, but never ever leave children in a car unattended, even with the air-condition on, as leaving a child in a parked car…

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8 Essential back-to-school tips every parent should know

With a well-rounded summer vacation ending, parents spend a lot of time getting their kids ready for school. New school supplies, haircuts, and closing up with vacation homework, all play into the back-to-school routine. It’s no secret that parents who play an active role in their children’s education make a huge difference in their success. This active role can often create excitement as well as anxiety. Here are some things you can do to help your child prepare for going back to school: 1. Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance If possible, it’s best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times few days in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family. 2. Plan healthy lunches and snacks Hungry kids can’t concentrate on learning, so good…

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Back-to-school promos offer low price merchandise

Many parents and students are expected to benefit from cut-rate school-related merchandise as major hypermarkets and mall tenants are gearing up for their popular “back-to-school” promos. Even in distant communities like Al Khor in the northern part of Qatar, many residents are expected to enjoy bargain prices being offered in preparation for the resumption of classes in September. Navaneeth Sudhakaran, who manages Al Khor Mall, told Gulf Times yesterday that two of its tenants, LuLu Hypermarket and City Lifestyle, have already launched their campaigns that cater to students and budget-conscious parents. LuLu Hypermarket launched on August 12 its “School is Cool” promo, while City Lifestyle has been running its “Be a Star” campaign since August 1, Sudhakaran said. “Shoppers can avail of many discounted items from a range of school merchandise across all LuLu Hypermarkets and City Lifestyle outlets,” he explained. According to Sudhakaran, Al Khor boasts of a “good,…

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Another Indian school hikes fees for second year in a row

Close on the heels of a recent 10 percent fee hike by Birla Public School (BPS), another prominent Indian school informed parents on Sunday that school fees of their wards have been increased. DPS-Modern Indian School (DPS-MIS) has informed parents through e-mails that tuition and transportation fees of their wards have been increased by two percent for the current academic session. Citing a circular from the Supreme Education Council (SEC), the school management stated that the second term fee will also include arrears of first term. Hike for second year in a row The fee hike has caught many parents by surprise as DPS-MIS is already one of the most expensive Indian schools in Qatar. Parent of a class five student said that he was taken aback after receiving the fee hike circular from the school. “DPS-MIS is already the most expensive Indian school in Qatar. There should be a limit to…