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GEMS school in Dubai to shut in 2014

Dubai’s Westminster school run by GEMS Education will shut down in 2014 due to fee limitations that hinder its development, the school’s operator told UAE daily newspaper, The National.

The 17-year-old British curriculum school is not allowed to charge more than AED 10,000 annual fees as its performance of education is rated ‘acceptable’ by the Dubai School Inspection Bureau, the report said.

"For two of the past five years there has been no fee increase at all," a spokesman for GEMS was quoted as saying by The National. "We cannot offer a high-quality education at this level."

A fee framework set by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) links school’s ability to increase its fees to performance and inflation in the education sector.

Students will be offered placements at other schools run by GEMS education, including the Winchester School in Oud Metha, The Westminster School in Sharjah and Cambridge International School, the report said.

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