Haryana sounds alert as 12.5 lakh students from private schools go ‘missing’

While it is believed that some students could have moved to government schools, some of the children might not have enrolled themselves over fee issue, as said by officials.

The Directorate of School Education has been prompted for sending out a directive to district officials expressing apprehensions, as almost after three months of commencing, over 12.5 black students of private schools in Haryana have not enrolled for the current academic session.

With 8,900 private schools and 14,500 government schools, against 29.83 lakh students the previous year, as of June 28, around 17.31 lakh students had enrolled for the 2021-22 academic session, as shown in the data submitted by private schools to the Haryana education department.

While it is believed that some students could have moved to government schools, some of the children might not have enrolled themselves over fee issue, as said by officials. However, according to one of the officials, due to lack of access to the online mode during the pandemic-induced lockdown, there shall be a possibility of other students who might have been dropped out. It would have been a tedious job to continue with the studies especially for the students from rural areas while during the pandemic a large number of people have also lost their jobs, the official added.

The ongoing session has not been joined by students mainly from junior classes under these circumstances as a general belief is that schools won’t open this year as well, as mentioned by a member of the management of a private school in a Fatehabad village, Ram Mehar. Due to lack of work, some of the missing children which belong to the migrant families have moved back to their native places, according to owners of private schools.

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