Abu Dhabi is set to launch a new private school model that will be a collaboration between the public and private sectors.
The plans are based on a proposal made by Dr Ali Al Nuemi, head of the Department of Education and Knowledge, and came after a study that looked into the educational needs of society. The plan is designed to reduce the financial burden on both citizens and residents, and to create an environment where families can opt to stay and educate their families within the UAE.
The fees of the new schools will be lower than private school fee averages, and expected to fall between AED 20,000 and AED 30,000 per year.
The news comes after neighbouring Dubai announced a freeze on school fees for the 2018-19 academic year.
Initial projects are expected to be complete in the next three years.
It is expected that the government will announce partnerships with the private sector and a pilot school in the near future.
Parents have welcomed the news, with the caveat that school are "academically competitive". Repeated surveys by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com show that parents resist the idea that they need to make a trade off between quality and cost.
ADEK will also continue with the policies that are already in place concerning increases to private school fees.
The plans have been agreed under the orders of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces.