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Monday, 5 October 2020

Many parents enrolling children in govt schools in Punjab

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 4

With many people losing their livelihood due to the Covid-19 pandemic, financially-stressed parents are shifting their children from private to government schools.

At Government Senior Secondary Smart School, Virk, 30 students from private schools have taken admission this year. This is almost three times the number last year.

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Saroj Rani, Shivani's aunt

Can't pay pvt school fee

Shivani's father isn't getting as much work as he used to get before the pandemic. We cannot pay private school fee. So we have shifted both children to a government school.

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Sukhwinder Kaur, who runs a grocery store, stares at uncertainity amid reduced earnings this year due to the pandemic. Her husband, who is in Muscat, has been laid off and is unable to send money. She has planned to enrol her daughters in a government school as she is unable to pay private school fee.

Sukhwinder says, "Private schools only care about fee. They began pressuring us that unless we pay fee, our daughters won't be allowed to appear in exams, nor will they be allowed to attend classes. We are left with no option but to enrol

our children in a government school."

The dreams of Shivani, daughter of a daily wager, to go back to her old school have been dashed as hit by the pandemic, her family can't afford private education anymore. Both she and her brother have been enrolled in a government school at Patara. Her aunt Saroj Rani says, "Her father isn't getting as much work as he used to get before the pandemic. We cannot pay private school fee. So we have shifted both children to a government school."

Hardeep Singh, a driver with a leading transport company, said, "When I lost my job, I decided to shift my children to government school. I have friends, cousins and acquaintances facing a similar situation. Everyone in the transport business is barely surviving. We cannot afford to send our children to private schools now. Both my sons know their father is out of job so they have dealt with the change smoothly. The silver lining is that government schools are also good."



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