Thursday, February 17, 2011

Delhi govt asks schools to refund fees if admission cancelled

Delhi govt asks schools to refund fees if admission cancelled
Updated on Saturday, February 12, 2011, 00:16

New Delhi: Parents seeking their wards' nursery admission can heave a sigh of relief as the Government on Friday issued a circular directing all schools in the capital to refund fees paid to them in case if parents wish to withdraw or cancel the admission.

The circular issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE), Delhi, said there have been several complaints by parents regarding non-refund of fees and other charges by unaided recognised schools in the event of cancellation of admission.

"If any fee is collected from the parents or guardians of a child, whose admission is cancelled ..., the entire free except registration fee charges shall be refunded," said the DoE order.

It also said that if the parents chose to withdraw the child from the school within one month from the date of admission, the school "shall refund the entire amount of fee or other charges within 15 days of the request made by the parents".

However, the school may retain some fees such as the registration fee, administration fee and one month's tuition fee, according to the circular.

The notification came amid huge chaos and protests by parents who alleged that many schools have asked them to pay certain amount of "non-refundable" fees for their child's admission into nursery this season.

Some reputed schools even mentioned on their websites that the fees parents required pay for the admission will be non-refundable.

On Wednesday, more than two hundred of disgruntled parents held a protest rally outside the office of DoE and gave a memorandum to DoE Director demanding stringent action against errant schools.

"Today's circular by DoE is a victory for parents who have been witnessing one of the worst admission process this year," said Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com, an online parents forum which organised the protest rally.

PTI

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