AHMEDABAD: Like most individuals, Rajnikant Solanki, a sanitation employee residing in Dudheshwar space right here, was anxious when he was handed a 20% pay lower on account of Covid-19 pandemic. Together with his meagre earnings now dropping to Rs 6,500 per 30 days, he was confronted with a tricky alternative — to feed his two daughters or ship them to personal college.
With the annual charge of Rs 10,000 for his two daughters now completely unaffordable, Solanki sought monetary assist from the varsity. With authorities not forthcoming, he dumped the dream of teaching his women in personal college and received them admitted within the governmentrun Shahibaug Shala Quantity-6. His youthful daughter has taken admission in school three whereas the elder one in school 7.
Solanki says his apprehensions over high quality of schooling had been unfounded as his daughters have began on-line courses. “Regardless of charging charges, personal faculties didn’t provide on-line schooling,” he mentioned.
Following the Covid-triggered monetary slowdown the place households are grappling with pay cuts, pink slips and depressed incomes, authorities and grant-in assist faculties in Gujarat have seen a rush of scholars from self-financed faculties. The truth is, there was a 30% rise in consumption of such college students.
“This yr 2.36 lakh college students have moved from self-financed faculties to authorities and grant-in assist faculties throughout the state. ,” mentioned Vinod Rao, secretary, schooling division.
Govt faculties solely hope
This yr 2.36 lakh college students have moved from self-financed faculties to authorities and grant-in assist faculties throughout the state. Final yr, this quantity was 1.7 lakh. The house-learning initiative appears to be the largest cause for this variation,” mentioned Vinod Rao, secretary, schooling division.
“The federal government has began 15,000 good courses and launched textbooks with QR code to assist college students be taught in a greater manner. Quite a lot of audio-visual content material has been generated for the scholars. All these steps have led to a rise in college students choosing authorities run faculties,” Rao added.
No less than 20% of fogeys are but to pay charges for the continuing educational yr at self-financed faculties on account of job losses, wage cuts or losses made in enterprise on account of Covid-19 disaster, mentioned sources. There are near 33,000 authorities and about 5,000 grant-in assist faculties, providing hope to oldsters confronted with monetary crises. These faculties have greater than 50 lakh college students enrolled. Ahmedabad Municipal Company (AMC) college board administrative officer L D Desai mentioned the AMC faculties have seen an 14,000 extra such candidates than final yr, who shifted from personal faculties. Dinesh Thakor, a rickshaw driver who’s struggling to make his ends meet says he has moved his two daughters from a non-public college at Paldi to Kankaria Public Faculty as he couldn’t not afford the schooling charges amid the coronavirus pandemic. “With few individuals sitting in autos on account of Covid concern, incomes have dropped by 80%. There may be barely sufficient to purchase meals, there was no manner I might pay Rs 26,000 annual college charges,” mentioned Thakor.

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