South Malwa dists lead in gov­ern­ment school en­rol­ments

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - Vishal Joshi vishal.joshi@htlive.com

BATHINDA : South Malwa dis­tricts have wit­nessed a higher rate of en­roll­ment in gov­ern­ment schools than the state av­er­age this year.

State ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment of­fi­cials at­tribute it to the strength­ened in­fra­struc­ture at the gov­ern­ment schools. Also, since the pan­demic out­break that has af­fected house­hold in­comes, par­ents are shift­ing their wards from pri­vate schools to the near­est gov­ern­ment-run schools.

Ac­cord­ing to the state ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment data com­piled early this week, Ferozepur saw a surge of nearly 13% in en­roll­ment for classes 9 and 10 when com­pared with the 2019-20 aca­demic ses­sion.

The dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion author­i­ties have al­ready reg­is­tered 14,698 stu­dents for the high school sec­tion only. In 2019-20, the dis­trict had 13,028 stu­dents. The ad­mis­sions for the cur­rent ses­sion are still on across the state.

Last year, the gov­ern­ment high schools in the state had a to­tal en­rol­ment of 3.91 lakh whereas in the 2020-21 ses­sion, 4.13 lakh stu­dents have reg­is­tered in gov­ern­ment schools.

This year, the state av­er­age of stu­dent in­take in the high school classes is 5.59% higher than the pre­vi­ous year.

Muk­t­sar reg­is­tered seen an in­crease of 9.34%, Mansa (8.69%) and Fazilka (7.07%) in high school classes.

Sim­i­larly, in the se­nior sec­ondary classes (11 and 12), Ferozepur is lead­ing with 10,203 stu­dents this year with an in­crease of 22.56% fol­lowed by Bathinda (21.16%) and Mansa (19.89%).

The state av­er­age in these classes has also im­proved by 18.11%.

In 2019-20 ses­sion, the gov­ern­ment schools had 31,2534 whereas this year schools have en­rolled 36,9121 stu­dents for the se­nior sec­ondary classes.

In the pri­mary wing (classes 1-5), against the state av­er­age of 4.36% of this in­crease, Bathinda and Ferozepur have topped the to­tal tally.

With 47,992 stu­dents al­ready en­rolled, Bathinda has reg­is­tered a jump of 5.96% fol­lowed by Ferozepur an in­crease of 4.74% with 42,734 stu­dents than 2019-20.

In the mid­dle sec­tion (classes 6-8), Fazilka, Ferozepur and Bathinda have gained top slots and they have reg­is­tered higher than the state av­er­age im­prove­ment of 3.87% stu­dents.

Mansa dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer (sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion) Sur­jit Singh Sidhu said, “Gov­ern­ment schools have qual­i­fied staff and the in­fra­struc­ture has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly. It is af­ter four years that gov­ern­ment schools have once again started be­com­ing a pre­ferred choice of par­ents be­long­ing to the lower mid­dle class and farm­ers.”

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