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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Refund entire fee amount to parent: Panel to school

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17

No fee amount, including the one paid in advance, can be illegally held back by a school for the period for which no teaching/service is being availed of by a student, stated the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, while directing a private school in Sector 44 to refund the entire fee of a student, who moved to another school of her choice.

The commission has also directed the school to pay Rs2,500 as compensation to the complainant for deficiency in service, unfair trade practice and harassment caused to the complainant, along with Rs2,500 as litigation expenses

Amit Mittal, a resident of Kharar, moved the commission after the private school refused to return the entire fee amount despite the fact his daughter did not study in the school for even a day. He said he had his daughter, Gitali Mittal, admitted to LKG in the schools and paid Rs58,900. However, his daughter then got admission to another school and Mittal sought refund of the amount paid. The school refunded him Rs48,900 through a cheque and deducted Rs10,000.

After hearings the arguments, the commission stated: "We are of an opinion that since the daughter of the complainant did not attend the school even for a day, it was incumbent upon the school management to refund the fee after deducting five per cent fee towards the administrative charges. In view of this, the school is directed to refund the balance fee of Rs7,055 after deducting Rs2,945 from the withheld amount and to pay Rs2,500 as a compensation to the complainant for deficiency in service, unfair trade practice and harassment caused to him."



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