Bengaluru: Parents confused over pre-KG 2021 admissions | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Many private schools in Bengaluru have launched the kindergarten admission season, but parents are in a fix over enrolling toddlers for the upcoming academic year.
Social-media groups for parents are abuzz with discussions whether to enroll their children in full-fledged schools (which offer kindergarten to class 12) as there is no clarity on how things play out by next June.
‘Online classes cannot provide socialisation’
“A school, on average, charges Rs 1.5 lakh for pre-kg. The admission amount and first installment have to be paid immediately when we are not even sure whether the child will get to attend the school next year. The main purpose of a pre-kg class is socialisation and physical activity which an online class cannot provide. I thought it would be useless to pay this huge sum for an hour of online class every day. I am, therefore, having second thoughts for admission next year,” said a software engineer residing in Yelahanka, who had raised the issue of a social-media platform.
“Parents’ worry is whether skipping a year will lead to a lag in their toddlers and whether it will ultimately lead to losing out in the entrance tests that many schools have for grade 1. This worry stems from the fact that there is so much pressure on children right from kindergarten. I think we need to re-evaluate our obsession with academic goals and concentrate on a child’s overall learning outcomes,” said Shwetha Sharan, co-founder of Bangalore Schools, a parents’ group on Facebook.

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