The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), has said that the parents no longer need to sign the parent-school contract every year as existing contracts will continue to remain valid while a student studies at the same school.
The decision to automatically renew contracts has been introduced to help both parents and schools and comes after the KHDA says it has seen a significant decrease in disputes between parents and schools.
The parent-school contracts are mandatory for all students in Dubai’s private schools and outline the rights and responsibilities of schools and families.
Each private school in Dubai generates a contract for parents to agree and sign on at the beginning of each school year. The contract covers the following areas:
Amal Belhasa, CEO of knowledge and human development policy at the KHDA, said:
“Signing the contract is now easier than ever as it is just a one-off requirement when a student joins school for the first time in Dubai. Thereafter, a new contract will only be issued and signed if a student moves to a new school.”
Parents will receive any updates in the original contract and will be able to enquire with the school before the contract automatically renews.
Schools will no longer list optional fees as part of the contract as all optional fees will have to be mutually agreed between both parties separately.
Parents can also sign the contract digitally without the need to visit their child’s school – unless a student is enrolling in a school for the first time.