The number of students in pre-primary classes at civic schools in the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra has declined, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) operates 72 schools (in Marathi and Urdu) in the city, civic education official Ramnath Thore told PTI on Monday.
“In 2018-19, the number of students in pre-primary classes (for nursery education of children in the age group of 3 to 6 years) of these schools was 3,500, it dropped to 2 953 in 2019-2020 and has fallen further. to 2,375 in 2020-2021, ”he said.
He also said the number of students in grades 1-8 was 12,393 in 2018-19, and it fell to 10,838 in 2020-2021. But, for the 2021-2022 academic session, the number has now risen to 11,829.
The manager also informed that the number of classes 9 and 10 reached 1,903 in 2020-21, against 1,777 in 2018-19 and 1,300 in 2019-2020.
Asked about the decline in the number of students in pre-primary classes, CMA commissioner Astik Kumar Pandey said the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the situation. “Admission to pre-primary classes is optional and parents don’t want to take risks.
Second, migration is also a key issue, as people might think moving to rural areas might be a safer option for them during the pandemic, ”he said.
Mr Pandey also said they plan to encourage people to enroll their children in pre-primary classes, but this will be implemented once the situation normalizes. Private schools also face a similar situation, said Nayana Awhad, director of a private educational institution here.
“Parents believe that their children’s education will not be affected if they do not go to school for a year. Some of them withdrew their admission due to financial problems, while others did not. cannot organize online classes for their children, ”she said.
Mr Thore, however, said they hoped more students would be enrolled in pre-primary classes during the new academic session. “Our teachers contact parents for the registration of their children,” he added.
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