Bahrain: Law to restrict school fees increment approved

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Private schools will not be able to increase the school fee every year, according to a law passed by the parliament yesterday.

MPs voted in favor of restricting school fees to not more than 3 percent every three years.

MPs argued that some private schools have increased fees so much that it has become unaffordable to many Bahrainis. They said such increases are immoral especially in the education sector.

This comes after new performance-based criteria was launched last year where only schools rated “Good” or “Excellent” will be authorized to increase students’ fees by five percent, pending board of directors’ approval.

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The new fee readjustment procedures took effect at the beginning of the school year 2018/2019, in line with the ministerial edict dated August 27, 2017.

According to the criteria, in case the increase in school fees exceeds the nominal 5pc benchmark, the approval of the school board and parent’s council would be required for the hike to be endorsed.

Fourteen private schools are rated as high-performing, out of 73 privately-owned educational establishments.

The Education Ministry officials at the time said that any increase would be performance-based, taking into account the review reports, periodically released by the Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA).

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The ministry urged representatives of the high-performing school to communicate with students’ parents before increasing school fees, stressing the ministry’s keenness on encouraging private education investment.

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