Riyadh: The Indian schools in Saudi Arabia reopened after summer vacation. The number of students show a steep decline as dependent levy has been implemented. The private school managements are likely to be affected by this decline.
Many students have already got their TC and returned to their countries due to the implementation of dependent levy. Meanwhile, the school authorities claim that many other students are yet to come back from their countries to the school after vacation.
The number of students who have returned to India will be available only by the end of this month. Students have dropped out of Indian schools in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. There are 41 schools that follow CBSE curriculum in different regions of Saudi. Each school has lost at least 50-100 students.
A family on dependent visa will be charged 100 riyals as levy this year. This will be increased to 200 riyals from next year onwards. As the levy increases every year, many of the middle class expatriate families plan to return to their homeland. This is likely to affect the existence of private schools in the country.