Parents now enroll their children in public schools

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With her son studying up to grade V at a private school here, Devi (name changed), a resident of Saibaba settlement, decided to change schools for her son to grade VI this year. Employed as a nurse at a dental clinic and her husband working for a food delivery aggregator, the COVID-19 induced lockdown had an impact on the family’s financial situation as they could no longer afford to pay the costs. fresh in private school, she said.

Therefore, the couple decided to enroll their son in a government-subsidized school for the current school year. “Public schools are now comparable to private schools,” Ms. Devi said. The Hindu Thursday. She also plans to transfer her youngest son who is currently studying in class IV at a private school to a public school.

With the pandemic and subsequent closures affecting many families, many parents are choosing to transfer their children from private schools to public and assisted schools in the Coimbatore District.

According to data from the Coimbatore Main Office of Education, enrollments at the district’s 1,208 public schools for the 2021-22 school year stood at 1,75,873 students on Wednesday, exceeding the total admissions by 1 68,645 students in 2020-21. With the admissions process not yet complete, enrollment in public schools is expected to increase further, officials said.

G. Ramesh, director of the government upper secondary school in Othakkalmandapam, said new admissions to his school for the 2021-22 school year were 451 on Thursday, which was already higher than the total number of new admissions l previous year (398 students). “Many parents say they are unable to afford tuition fees in private schools,” he said, noting that many of the new admissions were from private school students.

Amid the increase in enrollment, T. Arulanandam, state auditor of the Tamil Nadu Graduated High School and High School Teachers Association, suggested that public schools in the district need to improve their facilities to meet student demands. newly registered. The school education ministry must appoint additional teachers for Tamil and English subjects at the earliest for the current school year, he urged. Conservation officers must be appointed in public schools to keep the premises clean and night security guards must be present to prevent the entry of criminals, he said.

The coordinator of the NGO Save School Education Movement, S. Chandrasekar, said the Ministry of School Education must improve the infrastructure of public schools with a view to increasing enrollment to ensure that the basic needs of students , such as water supply, toilets and electricity, are satisfied.

Coimbatore Education Director Mr. Ramakrishnan said The Hindu that the needs of the district’s public schools, such as additional teachers and infrastructure needs, will be taken into account by the Department of School Education once the admissions process is complete. “It’s a healthy time for public schools,” he said of the increased enrollment.

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