Costly private school books burden parents

Books designed to provide required skills to pupils will help them fare well in higher classes: School management
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GUNTUR: While children are eagerly waiting to get back to schools which are to reopen from June 12 across the State, parents are gazing at their savings as the private schools are collecting exorbitant fees for books causing a huge dent in the expenses.

Over 1,500 private schools are present in Guntur district. According to sources, it is found that these schools are demanding the students and parents to use books provided by the respective schools, stating that their curriculum is different.

Apart from school and tuition fees, the private school managements are reportedly collecting Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,900 as fee for books alone for nursery children. These prices gradually increase with every class and the management are collecting Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000 for books from each student.

Meanwhile, the parents who want their children to crack entrance exams in the future are bearing the burden and paying the fee without any questions asked. T Kavitha, a parent of a ward studying at a private school in the city said that in the name of special curriculum and various additional classes, the children are given notebooks, materials, guides, question banks and practice books for each subject.

“As there are various programmes designed specifically to focus on entrance exams including EAMCET, JEE and NEET, the books for each particular programme are different. If we have to enrol our children in that particular programme, we are left with no choice but to purchase the entire set without raising any objections. As these books are not available in any book markets, we are forced to purchase them at the schools,” she added.

On the other hand, the management of private schools are claiming that they are not charging any extra fees.

Speaking to TNIE, P Kranthi Kumar, director of a private school in the city said that the parents expect their children to get advanced knowledge which will make it easier for the students to qualify in entrance exams and get admission in IITs, NITs, and renowned medical colleges.

For this, the present curriculum we follow is very important which provides required skills so that the students don’t face difficulties in higher classes, he added. And in order to meet these needs, the books we provide and the costs are completely justifiable, Kumar opined.

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