Parents of students from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School, Chembur, have filed an FIR against the school for allegedly charging capitation fees and not refunding the money despite orders from the education department.
The Govandi police on Saturday lodged a complaint against the school under section 7A and 7AA of the Prohibition of Capitation Fee Act (1987).
As per these sections, collecting capitation fee is a cognisable and nonbailable offence with a provision of imprisonment up to 2 years and a fine.
The school said that the fees were charged after the PTA gave its approval.
Parents say they were forced to approach the police as the aided school was not refunding the capitation fees of Rs 9,500 to Rs 10,000 charged as ‘book money’.
The Prohibition of Capitation Fee Act says that collecting any fee not prescribed by the state government is illegal.
“Fee for books, uniforms is not prescribed by the government and the high court has banned schools from selling such things in the campus,’’ said one of the parents who filed the FIR.
The education department too had ordered the school to refund this money before June 15 and issued them a show cause notice.
In response, the school put up a notice saying that students seeking refund will not be allowed to participate in school activities and not get report cards, fee receipts, circulars, etc.
School manager Father Paul Julius said, “We have not refunded the money because we have already answered the education department’s queries. They are following the matter with us.’’
Julius also said that a few parents had “ulterior motives” to complain against the school.
“We had also asked parents opposing this fee to talk to us directly. We made them sign a petition, but only two parents came on record.”
“We find parents sending their children without textbooks, as dealers often say they are out of stock. So we decided to give them textbooks,’’ he said.
“For those who cannot afford to pay this amount, the school offers concessions,” he added.