Covid effect: Admission in govt schools sharply increasing

Declining earnings due to pandemic, forcing parents to admit children in govt schools

BIJAPUR; 15 July: Declining family earning due to Covid pandemic, prolonged lockdown and private schools charging heavy fees is now forcing the parents to admit their children in government schools in the district.

With the admission process already started for 2021-22, already over 78% of admission is over in the district.

According to officials of the education department, around 9820 students have quit private schools and joined government schools.

Interestingly, more students of urban areas, who normally prefer private schools, have taken admission in government schools.

In Bijapur city alone, some 2120 students have left private schools to join government schools. Similarly in Indi town, 530 students have taken admission in a government school from private.

A few reasons which are forcing the parents to withdraw the admission of their children from private schools is the higher fees which the parents are unable to bear after their earnings declined due to the pandemic.

Many parents are also upset with the school management neither reducing school fees nor giving more time to pay the balance fee.  The parents who are unable to bear the pressure from private schools for paying fees is also one of the reasons for admitting their children in government schools.

With 78% admissions over, the students can take admission till August ends in private and government schools for class 1 till class 10.

Amid this the parents too are hesitant to get their children admitted for class 1 for the fear of possible third wave of Covid which is feared to affect children more.

The officials said that while 47015 students got admitted in class 1 last year, this year, so far only 29163 students got admission for the same class.

Expressing happiness over the increasing number of admissions in government schools, Deputy Director, Public Instruction Department,  Narayan Hosur said that the department is making sure that more students join government schools.

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