How Does A Budget School Manage Funds To Fulfill The Dreams Of Minorities And Underprivileged
The biggest challenge is the talent pool limitation depending on where a BPS operates and lack of incentive for interested candidates which makes it an even more uphill task.
According to education department officials, the main advantage of creating single-shift schools will be “better use of time and space”.
India has an estimated 450,000 budget private schools (BPS) that have been functioning in the country. They provide English-medium education at monthly tuition fees ranging from a mere Rs 100-150 in rural India to Rs 300-600 in urban areas. A staggering number of 60 million children are reportedly enrolled in budget private schools countrywide.
The biggest challenge is the talent pool limitation depending on where a BPS operates and lack of incentive for interested candidates which makes it an even more uphill task. Organisations like TFI (Teach for India) have provided a beacon of hope and have done remarkable work for BPS like mine. TFI has been the catalyst that has proven that student learning outcomes can only improve if the right support is provided to the students. They have been a ray of hope and helped minimise the talent pool problem for many a BPS across the country. Typically, in the absence of organizations like TFI (which too in the recent past are crunched with aligning “fellows”) providing quality education remains a tough uphill road.
Huge Investments are needed in the wake of the unprecedented COVID - 19 event that has hit the world. The parent target audience for BPS are normally the workforce that belongs to the lower rank of the socio-economic cadre of society. Sustenance for their day to day needs has become a challenge, leave alone thinking of paying the fees for their child’s education. This inability to recover fees, coupled with the mandate to pay salaries to teachers and housekeeping staff has caused a huge strain on the management of BPS. On an average 40% to 60% of the parent community of BPS are typically migrants from other states of India and in the wake of this pandemic have fled back to the safety of their homeland. This has left BPS in the lurch as we are unsure when this group of parent community will feel safe to return. A lot of thought needs to go into managing schools assuming the social distancing norms will need to be followed and care and attention need to be taken to childproof the school keeping all the safety norms and criteria in mind. With already limited infrastructure and space, this is going to add a totally new dimension to day to day school management. We have to gear up as a school community for a roller coaster ride that will need the school leaders and management team to learn to manoeuvre through this phase and what the future holds for us with a renewed sense of ownership, patience, grit and energy.
BPS will now also have to refocus their priorities on a technology overhaul in their overall school architecture including teacher, parent and student literacy in leveraging online learning as the only methodology to learn in the New Normal. For BPS this is a herculean task as the question we are faced with unlike other schools that cater to higher middle income and high-income parent population is not which technology solution is the best that can be adopted in our school but rather what per cent of our students have an android phone and internet connection - it starts from this very grass root level for us.
The end to end technology framework required to enable “Learning from Home” is a daunting task for BPS and unless some organizations and individuals come forward to help in these turbulent times it seems like the end of the road for many a school that are really committed to the dream of providing quality education at affordable prices.
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