| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

Dear parents, perhaps you would not afford enrolling your children in schools next year

There isn’t any clear vision so far regarding the school’s tuition fees for the next academic year. Private schools are still confused and unable to take a decision, especially that registration starts at the end of this academic year.

Sources close to schools revealed that tuition fees would surge between 30 and 80 percent across territories.  Dr. Khaled Mikati, Principal at private school told Sawt Beirut International (SBI) reporter Ghassan Farran, that the majority of private schools receive their fees in Lebanese pounds, but if they opened their premises for students, operational expenses are paid in fresh dollars.

Previously, schools used to postpone payments of stationary, spare parts, and office equipment required to the end of the school year, but currently suppliers are requesting cash and instant payments. Mikati said: “In order to guarantee our continuity and sustainability we need to balance between our revenues and expenditures.”

Many hindrances arise, but are there any solutions? Mikati said: “We should not rule out the option of resuming distance learning next year, because the economic hurdles still exist.” If the concerned authorities didn’t find an instant solution to these difficulties, hundreds of private schools will be forced to adopt distance learning because it is of lower costs, he said.

It is noteworthy that the Parents’ Committees in Private Schools has issued recently a statement warning schools against any unreasonable increase in tuition fees. They stipulated that any raise should be accompanied with official invoices that accurately determine school expenses.

  • Sawt Beirut International