School loses case against education authorities

A private school has lost a court case against the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) involving demands for damages over the Council’s decision to slash school fees, a newspaper reported on Monday.

A court in Abu Dhabi rejected the case filed by the unnamed private school and ordered it to pay solicitor fees after ADEC produced documents defending its decision to cut tuition fees by up to 50 per cent, Alittihad said.

The school had told court that ADEC’s decision to trim private education fees cost it nearly Dheight million and forced it to borrow from banks.

In its defence, ADEC said that school was just an extension of another educational institution, adding that it was shut in 1994 and re-opened in 2006 under a new name by another company.

ADEC said this means the emirate’s law on private tuition does not apply on that school or authorize it to set its own fees, adding that the Council found that the school’s fees were too high and decided to slash them by 50 per cent.

“ADEC also produced documents proving that school had tampered with financial reports and was fined Dh20,000, prompting the ministry of education to shut it.”

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