Jamshedpur 6th June 2021: Above 700 playschools in the Steel City have shut, and 200 more are on the edge of closure in the last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a review report stated.
As per the reports, there are approximately 1,200 playschools in the city, each with 150 students.
The schools have a collective turnover of Rs 190 crore annually.
Most playschools that are shut could not pay rents and salaries for the teachers, the report said.
Over 4,300 teachers engaged by these closed schools have also lost their jobs.
To maintain their schools operating and save the jobs, the owners had tried conducting online classes, but there were no takers, and the few who opted for it also did not pay the fees.
In the current academic session 2021-2022, the enrolment rate is almost 0%.
Lalitha Sareen, the former principal of Jamshedpur Public School, said due to the closure of most playschools, a large number of teachers and staff are now jobless.
Many more playschools will close in the coming days, she added.
Shatarupa Mukherjee, a teacher of a playschool in the Sonari area, said, “After the lockdown last year, the school authorities stopped our salaries without notice, and a few months later, I was informed through WhatsApp that the school has closed down.”
Shatarupa said now she is jobless as no other school is ready to absorb her.
Meanwhile, owners who had rented out their buildings for playschools earlier are also facing financial hardships as no one is willing to set up the institutes now. “Nobody is interested in opening playschools under the circumstances,” said Ravi Ahuja, a building owner in the Bistupur area.