Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party on Tuesday urged the state government to spend a major portion of the Rs 2000 crore earmarked for the ‘Education Fortnight’ on improving basic amenities in existing schools in the major cities to counter the Corporate schools’ public relations blitz which entices parents.
Talking to INN, Telugu Desam Party Floor Leader in the Greater Hyderabad Corporation Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy said that the Corporate Schools successfully target even those parents who cannot afford to pay the high fees demanded by them since the government schools in the cities lack adequate amenities.
“The absence of Corporate Schools in rural areas means that the parents have no option other than government schools. However, in the cities, the Corporate Schools take advantage of the lack of facilities and amenities in government schools and are able to entice the parents. This is leading to commercialisation of education, forcing the parents to even take loans just to see their children have the best,” the TDP leader said.
Mr Singi Reddy urged the government to provide proper facilities in government schools so that not only the dropout rate increases, but the parents have an alternative.
Citing the example of Hyderabad, the TDP leader said that about 70 per cent of the 181 Government High Schools and 822 Government Primary Schools lack even toilet facilities, he said.
Besides this, more than 55 per cent of the schools lack even proper drinking water facility, the TDP leader added.
“More than 60 per cent of these schools are housed in private buildings and only 20 per cent of these have space for a playground. Besides, these schools lack proper furniture or faculty,” Mr Singi Reddy pointed out and said that no parent would be willing to risk his child’s future in such a school.
“Besides this, the government’s indifferent attitude in appreciating students of government schools who perform well also is a major hindrance towards attracting the parents,” the TDP leader pointed out.
He cited the recent example where a function was organised at Ravindra Bharati but the Chief Minister was not able to attend due to some other engagement. “This has a telling effect on the parents who are looking at options for their wards’ education,” he said.
The Corporate schools are able to project their bright students, but the government is either unwilling or unable to do so, he added. (INN)