Abu Dhabi approves plan for new public-private schools

Abu Dhabi Executive Committee backs plan for new school model with annual fees ranging between $5,444-8,167

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 14, 2018

The Abu Dhabi Executive Committee has approved a proposal to establish new schools, in partnership with the private sector, with annual fees ranging between AED20,000-30,000 ($5,444-8,167).

The plan was revealed during a meeting of the committee, which was presided over by chairman Jassim Mohammed Buatabh Al Zaabi, reported state news agency WAM.

The new model, proposed by Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Department of Education and Knowledge, is part of the Abu Dhabi Development Accelerators Programmes, launched by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

More details about the new public-private partnership on education will be announced in the coming weeks, WAM said, adding that a pilot project for the new model will be launched in the next school year.

Officials said the new model for schools in Abu Dhabi is expected to contribute to 'raising education capacity, with very reasonable expenses for citizens and residents'.

Last week, neighbouring Dubai announced a freeze on all private school fees for 2018-2019, “in order to reduce the financial burden on parents”.

Earlier this week, Abu Dhabi announced a $13.6 billion plan covering 10 initiatives that will look to create 10,000 jobs as well as boost the competitiveness of SMEs on the local and regional levels over the next five years.

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