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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000345.txt from 2000/04

From: Karel Vahala <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: lesson fee
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 06:56:10 -0400

Please read "chr's" post carefully. Unless I totally misunderstood what she says, the _private_ student prepays for a term, e.g. 13 weeks, but if the lessons fall on a public
holiday there is no lesson, and no refund of fee. If the following week the teacher is sick, a second lesson is lost without refund of fee. The German taxpayer pays for 13 months
of lessons per year. The whole system is designed to protect the teacher from exploitation by unscrupulous students and parents, but does _not protect the student_ from similar
exploitation. Nice work if you can get it, but is it equitable?
I realise that the system was not set up by "chr", that she merely benefits from status quo in Germany; my comments are not a reflection on her.

Regards, Karel.
BHunter wrote:

> From: Karel Vahala <>
> To:>
> Date: Saturday, April 08, 2000 11:06 PM
> Subject: Re: [kl] Re: lesson fee
> >chr,
> >I am glad I don't live in Germany. The system you describe is so inequitable to
> >the student, that it must make you feel uncomfortable at times. For example, you
> >as a teacher can be sick and retain the fee for a lesson not given, but a
> >student forfeits the fee on a public holiday? Must have been set up by a music
> >teacher with a vendetta.
> >Cheers, Karel.
> Karel,
> If one pays tuition for a college class, and then misses a day or two, the college refunds part of the tuition?
> When one misses some public school days, the tax people refund part of your tax money?
> When one misses some private school days, the school refunds part of your money?
> "Must have been set up by a music teacher with a vendetta.", was originally worth several paragraphs, but I felt so much better after writing them, that I deleted them. 8^)
> Regards,
> Bruce Hunter
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