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Some private schools in Qatar will be allowed to increase tuition fees: Ministry

  • Mar 05, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Doha
A committee assigned to study private schools’ request to raise tuition fees in Qatar has recommended the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to allow up to 8 percent of the total number of schools that made the request to do so.
“The rate of increase in tuition fees for these schools ranges between 1 percent and 2 percent only,” Omar Al-Naama, Assistant Undersecretary for Private Schools Affairs at the ministry said.
Only a minimum number of private schools will increase their tuition fees, he said, adding that the hike has been warranted by valid reasons such as financial deficit, expenses incurred due to adding or renovating school buildings, shifting of premises or change in rental value.
Naama reminded that the ministry receives requests to increase fees from dozens of private schools annually and approvals to do so were given only after proper evaluation.
“We have (also) excluded many schools from (such) studies, for several reasons — most notably due to failure to furnish evidence supporting the justifications for a fee hike,” he said.
Naama said the ministry also issued a circular to private schools and kindergartens about preparing for the academic year 2021/2022 in order to unify study dates and holidays for students in all public and private schools in the State of Qatar, in order to achieve the public interest.
 The circular stipulated that students 'attendance at all academic levels in the next academic year will start on August 24.