Delhi govt asks schools to refund fees if admission cancelled

Parents seeking their wards` nursery admission can heave a sigh of relief as the Government issued a circular directing all schools in the capital to refund fees paid to them in case if parents wish to cancel the admission.

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2011, 00:16 AM IST

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