The education authorities of the 36 ‘A-schools’ run by the Management of Chettinad Foundation A-School has been directed to accommodate the children in other recognised CBSE institutions, preferably near their place of residence, by the Madras High Court. The direction was passed in respect to the RTE Act.
The management and the founder of the A-School Chettinad Foundation, Annamalai Chettiar, are to jointly and severally pay Rs. 15,000 to the parents of the students admitted in the A-Schools as interim compensation within four weeks, as per the direction of High Court. Also immediate discharge of transfer certificates to all the children is to be done by the management. For getting the refund of fees and for further compensation the parents can contact appropriate forum.
The decision was made in disposing off the writ petitions filed by the parents of the children in A-Schools to accommodate their wards into few recognised CBSE schools and to pay them the compensation. The First Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Satish K. Agnihotri and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan have the writ petitions concerning the matter.
In their writ petitions, the parents submitted that the A-Schools did not have recognition either from the State or the CBSE. Also, that the institutions lacked basic infrastructure and amenities inspite of collecting such a hefty amount as fees.
No such action of accommodating the children into CBSE Schools have yet been started, inspite of the assurance by the Management. This can cause the future of their children in jeopardy.
A notice was issued to the management to close down unrecognised schools on the basis of the reports submitted by the school education authorities, that management had established the schools without permission/recognition.
The Bench further confirmed that; in an order of October 2011, the court considered the same issue in detail and found that collection of fees by the A-Schools was unsustainable as the institutions were unrecognised. The authorities took the stand on closing the 36 schools and stringent action were being taken by the department. The directions came to the authorities in this regard.
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