As parents of children seeking admission to nursery and pre-nursery classes can be seen flocking to private schools in the city, government schools in the city wear a relatively deserted look. For many, government schools are not the preferred choice to begin their child’s formal education.
The lack of adequate facilities and poor upkeep come across as a major reason for parents not preferring to send their wards to government schools. “I don’t want to get my child admitted to a government school for the simple reason that the beginning years help in shaping a child’s mind,” says Radhika Mehta, parent of a ward seeking admission this year. “If they are not provided with the right atmosphere to grow, what is the point of sending them to schools?”
Arishdeep Kaur, another parent, says, “As compared to government schools, private schools offer much more qualified teachers who are trained better to help the kids.”
As a matter of fact, several government schools in the Tricity that are offering admission to nursery and pre-nursery classes do not boast a well-maintained infrastructural space. While at some schools, the classrooms and washrooms are not well-maintained, others do not have playrooms for the children.
Owing to poor upkeep and lack of adequate number of teachers and caretakers in schools, many government schools in the city have opened up admission for about 40 to 60 students only. Government Model High School, Sector 34, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, have 40 seats only for nursery classes. GMSSS-8 and GMSSS-37 both have 45 seats each whereas GMSSS-16 has 90 seats for pre-nursery classes.