Court orders €58,000 refund to parent for fees paid to school before it closed down
Madam Justice Jacqueline Padovani Grima yesterday ordered Boarding School (Malta) Ltd, the company that operated the RBSM International Boarding School in Malta, to refund the parent of a child €58,000, which the parent paid in fees right before the school closed down.
Iulia Samunina sent her son to this school, and had to pay €58,000 in fees. The school educated Russian students, or students who spoke Russian.
In January 2016, the director of the company, Evgueni Bodichtianou sent a message to Iulia Samunina and all parents of children who attended the school, informing them that the school would be closing, and that it could not continue to provide its services to the children due to financial problems.
Mrs Samunina had to find alternative educational facilities for their son, and had to return to Russia as no other school in Malta was found that offers the same curriculum and would accommodate her child half-way through the scholastic year.
She demanded a refund. In a letter dated 12 January, 2016, signed by company Director Evgeni Bodishtianu, the company recognised the amount owed to the applicant. The letter said that the sum would be paid by 25 December, 2016, however this proposal was not acceptable for the parent, who wanted immediate payment.
Because the company recognised that it owed the sum, and that the school representatives did not turn up to a sitting, the court decided to issue a summary judgement.
The Court ordered amount be paid.
According to reports, this is not the only case involving parents of students who attended this school, and last May the court ordered the school to refund the sum of €27,000 to three parents of Russian children after it had already been paid for its teaching services. that the