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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Cost of education concerns parents

Overseas medical insurance policyholders living in Saudi Arabia might be among those complaining about high school fees.

Zawyza reports that expatriate parents in the kingdom are concerned about their children's school expenditure, with many worried about how to pay for it.

The news source stated that a high number of expatriate health insurance customers miss out on places in government-run schools and are forced to use private institutions to teach their offspring. However, these can charge exorbitant prices and some do not allow parents to pay in instalments.

Concerns have also been raised over the condition of school vehicles, as many of the education institutes' buses lack air-conditioning and may not be roadworthy.

One parent, Ismail Abdul Aleem, told the news agency that such rising school costs could force many children out of education and into work at a young age.

"The expatriates find themselves tangled between rising living costs and ever-increasing school fees," he warned.

Meanwhile, Emirates 24/7 reports that parents of expatriate children in Abu Dhabi will have to pay tuition fees of between Dh6,000 (£1,042) and Dh20,000 a year for a place in a public school.

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