Citizen Education Officer Ramnath Thor told PTI on Monday that Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is running two Marathi schools (Marathi and Urdu medium) in the city.
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“In 2018-19, the number of students in the school’s pre-primary classes (for kindergarten education of children aged 3 to 6 years) was 3,500, which dropped to 2,993 in 2012-20 and further increased to 2,3755 in 2020-21. Has been, ”he said. He further said, 201-19-1. The number of students in class I to VIII in the year was 12,393 and in 2020-21 it came to 10,838. However, for the 2021-22 academic session, the number now stands at 11,699.
The official added that the number of classes 9 and 10 has reached 1,903 between 2020-21, though 2011-19-1. 1,7777 in 2016 and 1,300 in 2016-17.
Asked about the declining number of students in pre-primary classes, AMC Commissioner Astik Kumar Pandey said the COVD-19 epidemic has disrupted the situation.
“Pre-primary school admissions are optional and parents don’t want to take a second. Second, immigration is also a key issue, as people may think that moving to rural areas in the event of an epidemic could be a safer option for them,” he said.
Pandey added that there are plans to encourage people to enroll their children in pre-primary classes, but it will be implemented once the situation normalizes.
Private schools are facing a similar situation, said Nayana Auhad, headmistress of a private educational institution here.
“Parents feel that their children’s education will not be affected if they do not attend school for one year. Some of them have withdrawn their admission due to financial problems, while others cannot arrange online classes for their children,” he said.
Thor, however, said they are hopeful that more new students will be admitted to the pre-primary class in the new academic session.
“Our teachers are reaching out to parents to enroll their children,” he added.