Parents to Lodge Lawsuit to JCIS

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 07/31/2008 | Greater Jakarta


JAKARTA: Parents of former JCIS students plan to file a civil lawsuit against the school, which closed in May, due to incurred financial losses.


“We are still hoping the director and shareholders of John Calvin International School (JCIS) will settle this matter out of court by paying back all the expenses we incurred as a result of the school’s decision to close,” one parent, Sahat Panggabean, said Sunday.


The parents of 32 students, ranging from elementary to high school, are involved in the case. JCIS, formerly located in Pulomas, East Jakarta, had a total of 108 students.


Excluding a lawyer’s fee, at least Rp 1 billion (US$109,400) must be returned to the families, Sahat said.


The amount demanded is much smaller than the maximum Rp 2 billion fine and five years’ imprisonment school administrators would face if found guilty, he added.


Sahat said the school had not been approved as a legal entity by the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, and thus violated the 1982 Law on Legal Entities. It also violated the 2003 Law on National Education because it had not received a school building permit, he added.


On July 10, the parents, represented by their lawyer, filed a lawsuit against the school for fraud and embezzlement.


Police will begin questioning parents in the case this week. — JP