About 50% of budget schools are yet to start online classes for students, owing to financial constraints.
About half of the 11,000 budget schools in the state have either tied up with edtech firms or are asking teachers to conduct online classes for their students. The remaining, however, are yet to take an initiative because they do not have the funds to do so as the parents haven’t cleared the dues of the last academic year, say managements.
“Despite students and their parents making multiple requests, we have not started online classes – not even for class 10 students. There is hardly any money to pay salaries, rent, and electricity bills and hence there is no way I can afford online classes,” said Kashireddy Adireddy, correspondent-cum-principal of SRK English Medium School, which has 490 students. He said that unless parents clear pending fees and the government provides some financial help, he has no option but to close the school.
He added that if the government starts telecasting classes through DD Yadagiri or any other channels, his students too will benefit.
Schools said that although it is not an ideal solution, students will at least have a chance to continue their education. “There are schools, which are not even in a position to pay salaries to two or three teachers to oversee online classes. The association is trying their best to help them by providing live and recorded classes, but in rural areas even connectivity is an issue. So, telecasting lessons through channels is the best solution for students,” said Y Shekar Rao, president, Telangana Recognized Schools Managements Association (TRSMA).
The TRSMA members said that they are uploading lessons to video streaming platforms and are ready to provide live classes to government school students too.
They said that the initiatives being taken by the government and TRSMA should benefit both private and government school students.