Chitkara International School accused of charging ‘unfair reservation fee’

  • Aneesha Bedi, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2015 10:35 IST

A resident of Sector 47 on Friday filed a complaint with the director public instruction (DPI schools) accusing Chitkara International School, Sector 25 of charging ‘unreasonable reservation fee’.

The complainant, Sunita Sharma, is a relative of a student at the school.

“The school has devised an unreasonable policy for charging the parents with a reservation charge/fee so as to reserve the seat of already studying students for the next academic year,” Sharma stated in her complaint.

Sharma also enclosed the details of the charges of various classes along with the written complaint, claiming that the amount was ‘non-refundable/non-adjustable against fee in the next year not only for the students who leave the school in the next session but also for those who continue to study there’.

As per a circular issued by the school, parents have been asked to confirm their ward’s seat by December 21. Parents have also been asked to give a written consent as well as deposit the annual fee to confirm their ward’s seat.

From sessions 2010 to 2012-13, Rs 5,050 was mentioned as reservation fee in the circular.

In the sessions 2013-14 and 2014-15, Rs 10, 050 was mentioned as reservation fee in the circular. The amount remained same for the session 2015-16.

Talking to HT, Sharma said, “This is an additional financial burden for the parents of those students who continue to study in the same school by paying all the fees/dues as prescribed by the school. The amount should be either refunded or adjusted against the fee for the next academic session.”

The complaint submitted to the DPI further mentions that ‘these charges should only be forfeited by the school only in the case of students who do not continue in the next session’.

DPI (schools) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “I will enquire the matter after going through the complaint at length.”

Chitkara International School principal Niyati Chitkara justified the move. “It was part of the protocol and the amount that has been mentioned in the circular is actually part of the annual income which wasn’t charged from the parents in the beginning. We are a democratic set-up and like to take feedback as well as money only after having given those services to the child.”

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