Hyderabad, Mar 30: The Telangana schools are leaving no chance to attract as many students as possible. For this, teachers of private schools have been asked to double up as the schools’ marketing agents who would be going around, apart from completing their syllabus, to urge the students to take admissions in their schools. Not just this, schools have threatened their teachers that their salary would be deducted if they fail to get a certain number of students enrolled.
Teachers alleged that the state government has declared half-days in the Telangana schools since March 12. “We have to teach classes from 7.30 AM to 10 AM or 7.30 AM to 12.30 PM. After that we have to go on a door to door canvassing from 4 to 5 PM,” one of the teachers alleged. Every day, the management selects one locality and asks the teachers to get information of children in the area.
The teachers have also been asked to lure the parents with fee waiver if more than one of their children take admission in their schools. Some of the schools have allegedly threatened the teachers that if they fail to get 20 students to the school, Rs 1,000 from their salaries will be deducted. However, teachers would get “Rs 300 for pre-primary and primary admissions and Rs 500 for high school admissions” as incentives.
“My school functions from 7:30 AM to 1 AM, after which we have to run for canvassing. This is happening in all schools. In some schools where classes begin at 10 AM, canvassing is done before school hours. Either way, the struggle is the same for every teacher, but even more so for women,” one of the primary school teachers was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.