A few years ago I was in a small city of India and was at a party. The table where I was sitting were three men discussing something which I could not understand at all.
‘I moved from a 1:7 to 1:3’ said the first person. Oh that is really good “I am not happy with the 1:9 for my kids seriously thinking of moving…
Well they were talking of schools that their kids went to in Switzerland. These nos. which you see is the student: teacher ratio that they were talking about. Obviously these were rich men who were spending..hold your breath …about $ 12o,ooo per year. This is not a small sum of money by any stretch of imagination. The amount included stay, boarding, lodging, fees, perhaps a vacation to other parts of Europe.
Today the middle class in India must be ready to see nice schools with 1: 20 teacher: student ratio. A lot of private schools could be set up charging fees in the region of Rs. 8000 a month – and people will be willing to pay fees. However such schools cannot be set up anywhere in the country – the places which can afford them have no land available for a school (all Metros – Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, – are perhaps the worst) …sad situation.
My daughter goes to a school in New Mumbai. When we put her in, there was very sweet marketing. We were told there are 48 students in the class and 2 teachers to look after them. That was nice….Alas! 5 years later there are 53 students and one teacher. The Loo is rarely kept clean – not sure how the senior class girls handle it. The fees is about 40k a year – this is not really cheap is it? One person to keep the loo clean is not too much to ask is there?
Teachers absenteeism is quite high – and teachers are poorly paid! So when 2 kids fight the teacher says ‘solve your own problems’. 2 boys fought and one of them almost ended up in hospital :).
It is a big branded school with units all over the world…genuine businessmen willing to bring branded education should wake up to a good business opportunity. Currently there seems to be no attempt by good people. For those of you who remember…there was a listed school called ‘Sanathana Dharma Gurukulam’ in Chennai about 15-20 years back..what happened?
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