Manager of unregistered international school fined for collecting fees from students
A manager of an unregistered Indian international school who had collected over $80,000 in school fees from 12 students was fined $18,000 in court on Monday, in the first such case in Singapore.
The sanction against Natarajan Panneer Selvam came after Kalaibharathi International School (KIS) had earlier been told by the Council for Private Education (CPE), which regulates the private education industry here, that it was not allowed to advertise, collect fees, or conduct classes before its application for registration was approved.
Its application was rejected in December 2012 after it failed to meet the CPE's mandatory registration requirements. Private education institutions have to meet requirements such as getting approval from the Urban Redevelopment Authority to use their premises to operate as a commercial school and a fire safety clearance from the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
The manager then did not refund its students the full course fees that they had paid between February and June 2012, despite the CPE instructing KIS, which was located in Jurong East Ave 1, to do so.