UAE: 16 per cent of expat kids have school fees paid by employers

Published:  6 Apr at 9 AM
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Tagged: UK, India, UAE, England
A recent survey from an educational online consultancy has revealed that in the UAE, companies pay school fees for over 16 per cent of expatriate’s children.

According to the survey, UK/IB schools are least likely to have everything paid for by families whereas families who send their kids to Indian school eternally received the least help from employers.

Consultancy co-founder, James Mullan, said that the expat package has proved to be resilient, and has even shown an increase of three per cent, from the years 2013 to 2015 however this is only for a selected and rare group. He went on to say that just over five per cent of people in the Dh-11,000-Dh15,000 income bracket have school fees paid by their employers whereas over a quarter of people earning Dh70,000 and above have this benefit from their employment.

Almost 50 per cent of people in the lower income bracket have over one fifth of their total income going towards schooling their children, however only a quarter of people in the higher income bracket spend this much on their children school fees as the rest is normally paid by their employers. This should put pressure on regulators so that all income groups are able to afford to send their children to school in the UAE which will mean quality education would remain accessible to all.
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