Court or­ders €58,000 re­fund to par­ent for fees paid to school be­fore it closed down

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

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

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