Demand high for school seats despite fee hike

Demand high for school seats despite fee hike
Updated 05 September 2013

Demand high for school seats despite fee hike

Demand high for school seats despite fee hike

The Ministry of Education allows international private schools to increase their fee structure in accordance with the grading they received from the ministry on the basis of their academic performance and facilities, a senior official of a private school group said.
“The ministry has allowed some schools to increase fees by up to 95 percent,” said S. M. Naushad, group manager of Peevees Group of Schools, based in Riyadh.
He said the ministry had asked schools to reduce the number of students in classes in order to improve quality.
“As a result of this directive, schools cannot now take more students and the ministry has allowed them to increase fees to offset their losses as a result of this decision,” Naushad said.
The shortage of seats at schools has created problems for parents and their children.
He thanked Saudi authorities for allowing qualified expat wives to work as teachers at private schools.
He said the qualification tests for such teachers would strengthen the stability of schools.
Teachers should get their certificates attested by the Saudi missions abroad and the process is taking three to four months.
The ministry has insisted that the attested certificates should be produced before the end of this Hijrah year (Nov. 3).