Source: The Hindu
Around 1,036 schools under private organization closed down over the past five years in Telangana. The sharpest dip in numbers occurred during the pandemic years between 2019 and 2021 when 742 private schools shut down, according to statistics of the Department of School Education.
More than a quarter of students or 27.5% pursuing elementary education study in private schools in Telangana.
“The numbers are higher. In Hyderabad alone around 300 schools have closed down or are on the edge of closure. Parents are reluctant to pay fee for online classes. School managements with rented buildings are the worst affected,” says Uma Maheshwara Rao, president of Telangana Documented Schools Management Association.
One of the reasons for under-reporting of school closures is that the credit is valid for 10 years.
Medchal lost 53 private schools, Warangal Urban has lost 50 schools, Khammam lost 44 schools, showing that the conclusions have affected most towns and villages in the State.
The supply of private schools is very uneven with a large number operating in urban areas like Hyderabad, Medchal, Rangareddy and Warangal Urban districts.
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