Covid aftermath: No fees, poor admissions push 14 schools in Dakshina Kannada to shut down – Times of India


MANGALURU: The financial crisis caused by Covid and the near absence of school enrollment forced 14 schools in Dakshin Kannada province to cease operations.

Of the 14 schools, one is public, four are with auxiliary schools and nine are unaided or private.


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Everyone wrote to the Department of Public Education (DPI) trying to close their doors. The only public school is closing for lack of new enrollments. The school is located in Kilendjur, within the limits of the Mangalore North Block Education Authority (BEO). The junior elementary school had two children, brothers and sisters. They graduated and there are no new admissions this academic year.

Within the same BEO area, two receiving schools and one unassisted school have submitted proposals for closure.

Within the borders of South BEO Mangalore, two unaided schools and one receiving school are expected to close their doors as well.

Within Moodbidri BEO, one unaided school and one unaided school, and within Bantwal BEO, two unaided schools attempted to close.

According to Mandjula K.L., Deputy Project Coordinator of Samagra Shiksha Karnataka, Dakshin Kannada, two schools are closed without assistance within the BEO Puttur and one within Sallia.

The main reason for the closure of schools without assistance is non-payment of tuition fees. This led to their financial crisis. Poor school enrollment and mismanagement are also factors that prompted schools to decide to close.

“We serve children from low-income strata of the population. As a result of the pandemic, their parents did not pay us the proper wages. We cannot pay our employees and take care of the maintenance of buildings. We can no longer support ourselves after the economic blow and decided to close down. The institution may open next year, ”said the head of the institution.

A DPI spokesman said: “The head of the private school in Moudbidri lost contact with the outside world and all staff were fired. Meanwhile, all students were issued transfer certificates without specifying the reasons for the school’s closure. We asked them to clarify, ”the official said.

DDPI Malleswamy shared that the closures of some schools are temporary. “They may open next academic year,” he said.


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