Huge demand for govt schools as parents face job crisis
Kochi: As school admissions for new academic year is in progress, government schools are witnessing huge rush. More and more parents are shifting their children to government schools from private schools. This shift is mainly felt in UP, High School classes.
As job crisis has become so severe due to COVID pandemic, most parents now prefer government schools for their children’s education, education department informed.
In the government schools in Kochi corporation limit, 1000 new students have taken admissions.
At the Eriyad Kerala Varma Memorial Government Higher Secondary School, 65 new students have taken admissions to Class 8. Following this, two more divisions were added. At the Erumapetty GHSS, 40 new students from CBSE and 57 from aided English medium school took admissions.
300 new students were admitted to Ernakulam GGHS this year, said PTA president Shibu P Chacko.
Usually the authorities announce the numbers after head-counts in schools. However, this has not been possible this year as schools haven’t been opened. In most of the schools, admissions are in progress.
The shift to government schools is visible in most of the districts.
KSTA office bearer KV Benny said that many students are obtaining TC from CBSE and ICSE schools and joining government schools. The main reason for this shift is attributed to the financial crunch faced by people with COVID pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. Also the reach of online classes has helped in attracting government schools.