A majority of parents are unwilling to send children to schools this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak which has affected admissions in pre-primary schools across Bangalore. Only a handful of enrolments have been registered so far.
Oxford Institutions, Nagarbhavi, has drawn a blank in nursery and LKG admissions against 100 enrolments every year. “Some 40 parents who had paid the registration fee were refunded based on their request. This is the fate of most schools this year,” BR Supreet, school secretary told TOI.
ShivKumar K Swamy, secretary of Manasa Public School, Thanisandra, said, “We haven’t had any turnout for admissions this year. We usually have 40 admissions for nursery and 25-30 each for LKG and UKG every year. We are worried about the fate of nursery teachers.”
Apart from the Bangalore pre-primary schools, the story is the same with most schools and managements are brainstorming on how to tide over the crisis. Some schools said admissions in higher classes are equally low, others differed on it. Parents are more serious about the higher classes and therefore take admissions to ensure they’re in a proper system.
Expert said admissions to government schools might go up as many parents, who would have preferred a low budget private school, would not have enough money to pay the fees.
Source: The Times of IndiaNews, States