Shut school owes parents thousands

[caption id="attachment_191651" align="alignright" width="300"] EduPlanet pupils board a taxi after attending classes before the school was shut down
Picture: JUDY DE VEGA[/caption]

Parents whose children attended EduPlanet Independent School before it was shut down by the courts have been begging the institution to refund money paid for school fees, uniforms, stationery and registration.

At least 40 parents have described it as daylight robbery, with many threatening litigation if they are not reimbursed.

The Struandale school was ordered to close after the Department of Education discovered it was operating illegally.

The department brought an urgent interdict against Edu-Planet as a first step in its battle against unregistered schools.

The school was effectively shut down by the Grahamstown High Court on February 16 and has since ceased all operations.

But for some parents the costs of sending their children to another school means paying additional fees.

Nonzwakazi Thomas, 35, of Kwazakhele, whose child is in Grade 5, was lucky enough to have her placed at Bonzai Primary School in Sydenham last month, but she does not have money to pay the fees.

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