Hyderabad: Although the Telangana high court has yet to rule on whether or not residential schools can reopen, private schools in the capital and throughout the state have decided to open hostels this week.
Private schools will offer hostels when they reopen after the Dasara vacation on Monday, as individuals studying in residential schools miss out on learning while their friends attend physical classes. Across Telangana, private school managements run approximately 10,000 private schools and around 3,000 hostels.
"While quite a few of us have already started hostels, the remaining will be reopening hostels from Monday. We have already informed parents and many are willing to send their children to hostels," said Y Shekhar Rao, president of the Telangana Recognised School Management Association (TRSMA), which represents over 10,000 budget schools. Most residential schools, according to the TRSMA president, are located in Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, and Nizamabad, among other areas.
Parents have been requesting that budget schools restart hostels, citing a loss of learning, according to school administrators. They stated that while the state has been ordered by the high court not to reopen residential schools, the same does not apply to private schools because the state school education department does not recognise hostels.
Parents are looking for alternative options near their homes, according to the management, and they may lose admissions to government institutions or nearby private schools if the hostels are not reopened. "We are hoping that attendance will pick up in the next one week or so." S Srinivas Reddy, who owns a private school in the city, stated, "We are also going to start hostels for all classes soon."
Management has stated that they are willing to face the risk of operating hostels during a pandemic and will adhere to all Covid-19 guidelines on campus. Currently, the state has over 32 lakh children registered in private schools, with around 40% of those enrolled in residential institutions.
"Several of us (schools) have already begun operating hostels, and the rest will begin operating hostels on Monday. Parents have already been informed, and many of them are willing to send their children to hostels," Reddy shared.