Low paid expatriates lament high price for childrens education

Published:  16 Apr at 4 PM
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As reported by Arab News, school fees for expat children are too high, argue the parents of children attending tuition-paying international schools in Saudi Arabia. Though education is free for Saudi citizens, the children of expats face rising school costs.

With the relatively low wages of many expat workers, the rising fees are creating real hardship for expat families in the Kingdom. Saudi government schools hardly ever admit foreign students, but when they do accept them, it is typically from other Arabic speaking nations.

Many expatriates, generally the highly paid, have their children’s educational fees sponsored by their employers. However, the rest must shoulder the burden on their own. To ease the stress of payment, many families negotiate payments in instalment with their school of choice.
On top of expensive school fees, which typically must be fully paid in advance of the academic term, textbooks can also cost over SR1,000, while the cost of transporting children to and from school adds to the economic burden.

Though the Ministry of Education manages international schools, it does not manage the level of tuition. This decision depends on the management of the institution and many reasons are cited for the rising cost of educational fees, including rent rises by landlords and salary rise demands by teachers.

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