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Expulsions for late school fees are illegal

Private schools have no right to expel pupils for delays in the payment of their tuition fees, according to a Supreme Court decision that also opened the way for parents to seek compensation in such cases. In a ruling made public yesterday, Greece’s highest civil court found that legislation on private schools does not provide for pupils whose parents delay paying their fees to be expelled. This followed an action by the parents of two pupils at a foreign school in Attica, who were summoned to collect their children on the first day of school after the Easter holidays and told that the 11- and 14-year-olds could not continue to attend classes. The management explained that this was because the tuition fees had not been paid for a long time, despite repeated written notices from the school. The parents took the school to court, seeking five million drachmas in damages for what they called an insult to their childrens’ personality. The court decided that the precise compensation due would be determined by an appeals court.