Private coaching centre deny fee refund to student

Private coaching centre

The private coaching institutes in Kashmir Valley are denying fee refund to the students wishing to exit the institutes before the commencement of the online classes of these tuition centres.

The students are demanding a refund of their fees after the private coaching centres switched to online teaching following the government guidelines.

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According to new government guidelines issued on January 9 this year, all schools, colleges, polytechnics, coaching centres and ITIs were directed to adopt online mode of offering education till further orders.

 

The guidelines were issued by the State Executive Committee of the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in view of the spike in COVID19 cases reported on a daily basis in J&K.

 

The students are demanding a refund saying that paying the same amount for online classes as that of offline classes was not justified. “The study material is available online at a minimum cost which varies from Rs 5,000 to less than 10,000. But the private coaching institutes charge fees worth Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh for online classes.

At the time of admissions the coaching centres claim that the students can claim for refund within 10 to 14 days. “The refund can be claimed only during the first 15 days from the date of admission,” reads the content of the registration form provided to the students by one of the leading coaching centres in Srinagar. Contrary to it, the institutes have now left the students high and dry by refusing the refund to the students who do not want to continue with the online classes.