SEC: Schools are allowed to charge seat reservation fee
Amidst growing speculations among parents about the concept of seat reservation fees in schools, the Supreme Education Council has confirmed that private schools in Qatar are allowed to charge a fee to reserve a seat for a child. Once the child is admitted, the amount should be deducted from the school fees for the first term, Gulf Times has reported.
Seat reservation fees were introduced to avoid the confusion that arises when parents reserve seats in multiple schools. According to the report, Aysha Al-Hashemi, Institute Assistant Director for Private Schools Affairs, Education Institute at the SEC, explains:
“Several schools have complained that parents reserve seats in many different schools for their children. This practice creates confusion in schools as all these schools end up reserving the seat for a single child.
“To avoid this practice, schools have started collecting reservation fees to make sure about the number of students who will be admitted with them during a particular academic year. If a parent does not want the seat, the schools can offer it to other parents if they know it in advance.”