Over 12.5 lakh students in Haryana’s private schools have not enrolled for the current academic session, over three months after it began, prompting the Directorate of School Education to issue a directive to district officials expressing “concerns” that they may have dropped out.
According to data filed by private schools to the Haryana Education Department, 17.31 lakh children had enrolled for the 2021-22 academic session as of June 28, compared to 29.83 lakh the previous year. There are 14,500 public schools and 8,900 private schools in the state.
According to the Directorate of School Education’s directive issued this week, “(the details) of as many as 12.51 lakh children who used to study in private schools have not been updated on MIS” (management information system). You are required to organize meetings with the heads/management of private schools in order to update the data of these 12.51 lakh pupils in order to reduce the likelihood of their dropping out.”
According to officials, some of these youngsters may not have been enrolled by the schools themselves due to financial concerns, while others may have transferred to government schools. Others, though, will have dropped out since they will not have access to the online mode during the pandemic-induced lockdown, according to an official. “Students, particularly those from remote locations, may have found it difficult to complete their education. Furthermore, many people have lost their employment as a result of the pandemic,” the source noted.
Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar told The Indian Express that he was startled by the “large discrepancy” in enrollment between this year and the previous academic session. “We will investigate the matter.”
“The prevalent perception is that schools would not start this year as well,” Ram Mehar, a member of the management of a private school in a Fatehabad area, said. As a result of these circumstances, some private school pupils, primarily from the junior classes, have not enrolled in any school for the current academic year.”
Some of the missing children, according to private school owners, are from migrant families who have returned to their native countries due to a shortage of work. However, one key cause, according to private schools, is the increased attempts by government schools to attract pupils to their ranks. A video making the rounds on social media shows instructors from a government school carrying a loudspeaker around Bhatta hamlet in the Kaithal district, pushing parents to send their children to government schools.
According to the three-man group, the schools are fully staffed, have dedicated teachers, and have begun non-medical classes. “Enroll your children in public schools to avoid the high expenses of private institutions.
News input: The Indian Express