The Covid19 crisis has created something of a perfect storm in education. Schools are closed and all learning is online - placing much of the burden of educating children squarely on the shoulders of parents. Added to that, the financial implications of the pandemic has meant that many parents are looking for ways in which to reduce their family overheads.
Could an inexpensive, online courses be the solution to these challenges? The answer from the MOE is: Only if it is based in the UAE and fully accredited.
In a recent tweet, the MOE stated that;
"Parents should not be lured by low tuition offers to enroll their children for online study at schools outside the UAE, as certificates issued by such schools will not be recognized by MoE".
At present, there is only one accredited online school in the UAE, iCademy Middle East. Parents choosing this option for their child will receive all the necessary certification to prove that their child has completed their education. iCademy is accredited by both the KHDA and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Tuition fees range from AED18,332 to AED25,672.