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Hitesh Patel, president of the Ahmedabad Self-Finance School Management Association, said the Shreeji school he previously runs in Bapunagar has 90% personal attendance.
“Most of the schools on the east side of the river are registering 80-85% attendance,” Patel said. “Unlike in the West, tuition class attendance is low here and schools have tried hard to attract children to study on campus.”
In the west, some institutions such as Prakash High School in Bastrapur did not reopen for physical classroom study four months after the government gave them permission. They offer online classes.
Mrigen Shah, principal of Prakash School, said none of the parents were ready to send their children to study in private.
Schools in Gujarat reopened in July for private classes for students in grades 6 to 12, and only 50% of the total classrooms were approved, subject to the Covid-1 restrictions. In the east, most schools are located in the vicinity of residential areas, so commuting is not as big a problem as in the West.
Raju Desai, principal of Uma Vidyalaya in East Nicole, said the attendance level has reached 90%.
“We use the odd-even formula to call students to school,” Desai said. “Transportation is not a problem here because many students live near their school.”
Indrani Banerjee, principal of HB Kapadia School in Memnagar in the west, said her school has only 25-30% students.
“Children are now accustomed to learning online and so they don’t want to take the risk of going to school,” he said. “Transportation is a major problem for parents and children. After the first term exams in October, the picture will be clear as the exams will be held in pen and paper format.
Pratiksha Parek, principal of Tripada International School in Ghatlodia in the west, said about 0% of parents have given their written consent to allow their children to go to school.
“But they are very reluctant to send them to school and it is seen from the attendance level which is 30-40%,” Perekh said.
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