Private tutors and tuition in Dubai and the UAE
Information about private tutors and tutoring in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and UAE.
- Many parents are keen to supplement their children's education with extra lessons. And many teachers (especially the underpaid ones) will enthusiastically supply such a service. Therefore it would seem that the supply and demand equations balance out and all is well with the world. Except for the grumpy student who would probably prefer to hang out with his or her classmates somewhere else.
- However, the UAE government appears to support the grumpy student perspective and private tuition is officially illegal (with the threat of severe penalties ...) in Dubai and the UAE. This ruling apparently arose as a result of complaints that teachers weren't teaching classes properly to more easily persuade students they needed extra (paid) tuition.
- Not surprisingly, one tends to find that there maybe an element of truth in that claim in schools where teachers are paid very low wages.
- However, should you want to find a private tutor for one of your eye's apples, it is relatively easy. And teachers willing to offer their services should find an ample supply of students, especially in areas like Maths, Science, English and other languages.
- Going rates amongst western expats for private lessons and tuition are about 100-200 dhs per lesson depending on level and subject, or as much as
anywhere between Dh100 to Dh1,000 for hourly sessions, according to a Khaleej Times report 24 August 2010. The high end figure of AED 1,000 sounds very unlikely to us - that's about what lawyers in the UAE charge. Maybe they're the ones paying the higher tuition rates for their children.
- At the other end of the scale, the American International School in Dubai introduced in 2010 a scheme called the
Study Support Program where students can stay behind after school and do extra classes for AED 50 per hour. Teachers stay behind to teach them. Unknown if the fees paid go to the teachers doing overtime, or to the school.
- As many as 60% of senior students in some schools are taking on some private tuition according to a report in the Khaleej Times 24 August 2010. And that 27% of Emirati families spend AED 1436 per month on private tuition according to the Abu Dhabi Department for Economic Development, which sounds like an odd combination of numbers to report.
- The report also reminded readers that Private tutoring is banned in the UAE.
- Irony will rear its unlikely head on occasion, and lift your eyebrows, when you discover who some of the clients for private tuition are.
Private tutors in Abu Dhabi
- Teachers caught giving private lessons in Abu Dhabi would be fired according to news reports 08 September 2011 which quoted Mugheer Al Khaili, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), as saying "Teachers should not engage in private lessons for money ... the Council’s new work contracts deprive all teachers from doing so and any one proved to be giving private lessons will be sacked."
Finding a private tutor in the UAE
- Use the Dubai classifieds section of the forum to advertise. Or the UAE classifieds for other emirates. There are many other websites with classified ads for tutoring related services.
- UAE newspapers, especially the Gulf News, will carry advertisements for tutors looking for students, and students looking for tuition.
- Supermarket noticeboards often have ads from teachers advertising their services.
- If you're a student looking for tuition, ask your teacher. They will usually know someone looking for extra work.
- Teachers looking to supplement their income could let fellow teachers know, often word-of-mouth is an effective way to match students with tutors (and hopefully helps filter out time-wasters, be they useless tutors or uninterested students).
Last update Friday 09-Sep-2011
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