Fees have been discounted by 20% at Safa Community and Safa British School. Parents who have already paid full fees for term 3 will be given a credit note for the next academic year.
"These are very challenging times for everyone, and we have all been caught completely unaware, Louay Khatib, Managing Partner of the two schools, told WhichSchoolAdvisor.com. "As community schools we are working with our exceptionally talented staff to deliver the best distance learning experience for our students so that they do not feel ‘left behind’ in any form.
"We will also have in place catch-up classes once the situation clears up.
"From a financial perspective, we are trying to balance the twin objective of ensuring our staff’s well being and financial concerns are looked after, while through a discounted fee structure we are trying to address our parent community’s financial uncertainty to whatever extend we can in these challenging times.
"The fee discount is essentially a step to bridge everybody’s concern..."
In a letter to parents, Stephen Duckitt, Principal of Safa Community, said the "receipt of school fees are vital to be able to deliver the appropriate education through our teaching and support staff.
"Our staff are working tirelessly, and we are anxious to maintain our staff team so that the learning that your children receive and our other school services are not compromised.
"We know that all families, some more than others, will need to review their financial positions during these challenging times. We as a school recognise your circumstances.
"We trust and hope that the opportunity to provide some relief for term 3 fees will support all [our] families."
Earlier on Tuesday, 31st April, Al Najah Education said it would also reduce by 20 percent its fees for the third school term for Horizon English School and Horizon International School. It was the first school group to cut fees following the UAE's decision to maintain distance learning until the end of the year.