The private budget schools are organized in appealing for succor in the form of governmental assistance. The association of private schools, an organization of private schools in Andhra Pradesh had actively sought governmental assistance for the budget schools to blunt the impact of the corona induced lockdown and resulting slowdown.
The schools are reported asking for assistance in the form of financial assistance of Rs. 10,000 per month for six months, to be disbursed to the staff.
The meeting of the association saw the members analyzing the situation and commenting that the unaided-private budget schools are among the worst hit as far as the economic effects of the pandemic is concerned.
The meeting was also attended by the representative of the political parties. The Communist Party of India Marxist state secretary, P.Madhu provided validation of sorts to the call of the association by saying that the budget schools are in existential crisis and governmental intervention is needed to ensure their survival. He said that the government has assisted government schools that are hard-pressed to gather resources to survive, by the same token the budget private schools also deserve financial assistance.
He also alleged that there have been instances of harassment of budget private schools by the authorities and called for an immediate cessation of such undue pressures.
The representatives pointed out the fact that despite the near-doubling of the population of the state in past years, no new government schools have been established. The resultant gap has been filled by the budget private schools and that makes them highly deserving and critical units of the educational apparatus.
It was said that around 15000 such schools are catering to around 3.6 million children and the government should assist them beyond giving subsidies. APPSA president Komarigiri Chandrasekhar commented that 40% of students study in private schools and a majority of these study in budget private schools.
Representatives urged the CM, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to respond emphatically and sympathetically to the criticality.
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