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School blinks on refunding caution deposit, excess fee

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Talks between Kamala Niketan School management and parents produce the desired output

sigh of RELIEF: Parents rejoice after officials directed the management of Kamala Niketan School to refund caution deposit and excess fee on Tuesday. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM.
sigh of RELIEF: Parents rejoice after officials directed the management of Kamala Niketan School to refund caution deposit and excess fee on Tuesday. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

The management of Kamala Niketan School on Tuesday agreed to refund the caution deposit of Rs. 10,000 and the excess fee collected from parents this year, at the end of the peace talks convened by senior officials of district administration and school education department between the representatives of management and parents.

School ordered by CEO

The school was instructed by the Chief Educational Officer T.Mohana Kumar and the Revenue Divisional Officer S.Sangeetha to return the caution deposit and excess fee already collected from parents between May 20 and June 1.

As per the agreement, the school has to collect only the fee recommended by the Govindarajan Committee from June 1 onwards in case the Justice K.Raviraja Pandian Committee's revised fee is not known by then. The parents, on their part, said they were prepared to pay the revised fee to be fixed by the Raviraja Pandian Committee, and appealed to the officials to ensure that the school adheres to the norm of forming a full-fledged Parent-Teacher Association.

Even as the management representatives maintained that the excess fee was collected only from willing parents, the officials insisted that such a practice was tantamount to transgression of rules. Mr.Mohana Kumar said the main grievance of the parents was the “exorbitant” fee collected by the school against the norms of the Govindarajan Committee.

The caution deposit collected by the school was against the education rules, he said, adding that irrespective of the pattern of education, the CEO was empowered to recommend de-recognition of erring schools.

In the case of Kamala Niketan School, it was granted recognition by the CBSE based on the infrastructure and facilities it had at the time of start, and it was improper for the school to burden the parents for sprucing up its infrastructure.

The CEO cautioned other schools that the same predicament would befall them in the event of parents making formal representations to the authorities complaining about excess fee.

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