Published: 10th September 2020
How a 105-year-old Govt Primary School in Ballari notched the highest enrollment rate during the pandemic
Principal Sadeva believes that the increase in enrollment is due to the movement of migrant workers. A lot of migrant workers have moved back to their villages due to no jobs in the metro cities and u
This year, the COVID pandemic has changed the face of education both in private as well as government schools. And one of the positive changes is an increase in the enrollment of children in government schools. The 105-year-old Government Primary School located in Uchangidurga in Ballari District has observed the increase in the strength of children. This year, they have recorded a total enrolment of 509 students, which, as it turns out is the highest enrolment among all the other schools in Harappanahalli Taluk.
Sadev S H, Principal who has been working for five years in this school is happy about the increase in school strength. He says, "Last year, the total strength of our school had gone up to 462 students and the reason behind this was enrollment of more children to our school. This Government Primary Model School was established in 1915 during the rule of the British." He further adds, "With more and more private English-medium schools, most of the parents had stopped sending their children to the government school. A few years ago, the strength in our school had also decreased due to the same reason. However, from last year and a few months ago, the scenario has changed."
Sadev believes that the increase in enrollment is due to the movement of migrant workers. He says, "A lot of people who had moved to urban areas and metro cities have come back to the villages due to the pandemic, lack of jobs and income. Now, they will not be able to go back or send their children to schools in urban areas. As a result, they have enrolled their children in our school so that their academics will continue. Like every year, we went to every door step telling parents that we have got two new teachers to the school to teach class 8 students. Usually, these students were the one who used to migrate from our school to private school. While the strength of class 8 students was 35 last academic year, today it is 72 students."
Aside from this, there are other reasons for children to come here. The school is huge and has at least 10 classrooms. There are over 15 teachers to teach various subjects in different classes. Last year, they have also installed a new water purifier. On the academic progress side, this year, an SSLC student from this school scored the highest marks and stood first to the taluk. Sadev is hoping that a lot of other students will also be joining in a few days.