Yesterday I went to the English School Fahaheel to register my daughter, I was just about to hand over the 400 KD for her and my son when I heard the lady talking on the phone to someone regarding school fees. Once I heard her mention the fees for lower grades I thought something was wrong. I saw the new school fees which were an increase of 10%. I wish they would have told me earlier about the increase, if I would have paid the 400 KD and changed my mind they would have kept the money. The fees went from 2690 KD per year for grades 7-11 to 2960 KD which doesn't include 120 KD for school supplies, 235 KD for the bus and 95 KD for the uniform. For 12 and 13 grades the cost is 3240 KD. ESF had been the cheapest school in the area besides Cambridge and I really liked the way ESF was run but now I can't afford the increase so I'm looking at trying Cambridge again.
ESF's payment plan limits my ability as well as the school wants over 4500 KD by August and the remaining 1650 KD by Dec which is hard considering most schools accept payments over 3 terms. I can't believe they don't warn parents of increases. The accountant told me the proposal is still waiting to be approved by the Ministry. If children were getting a Harvard type education then an increase would be acceptable but no private schools offer that. The school had a different price for KOC which makes me feel as if they are catering more toward parents whose companies pay for their kids schooling not the average person working their butt off to pay for it. My older children are not Kuwaiti so they don't qualify for any kind of help even though their siblings and step-father are Kuwaiti which makes it difficult for me as a mother not having any support group back in the states for them to go to school there. Government schools are impossible as my kids don't speak Arabic and no, my husband is not rich as most people think of Kuwaitis, we are just an average family.
It's getting harder and harder to survive in this country.