Now the rural world are not to far from the unseen realities. Where some parents and students are raising their voice against high fees charged by private schools in cities and town, at least half a dozen English-medium schools in rural areas are busy providing quality education at less fees.
In comparison to public schools in town which are charging over Rs 2,000 tuition fee per month from each student, the schools in remote areas are charging Rs 300-Rs 400. Many CBSE schools in the rural belts are providing quality education with facilities like smart classes, computers, library, sports etc to students at minimum fee.
Ranvijay Roshan Public School, which came into being two years ago in Singhpur area of Kasmar Block, has 300 students and is growing rapidly. The school situated about 45 km from the district headquarter, boasts of smart classes, video conferencing facilities, computer labs, sports and other facilities similar to schools in town.
"The students from far flung areas come here to study as it is the only English medium school in 10 km radius. We have a good number of teachers of which six are residents of Bihar and West Bengal. To meet the expenses, we charge Rs 300 from each student and we are successfully running the school," said Anita Jaiswal, principal.
Sardar Patel School, which has opened two CBSE branches in Kasmar and Pindrajoda Blocks far from the city, is a hit among students. General secretary of the schools, Suresh Kumar said that they have invested in crores to develop the schools in village area that to provide quality education to poor students.
"We charge Rs 280 to Rs 500 from each student depending upon classes. The two-storeyed school buildings have all the basic facilities that CBSE schools in town have. There are 1,100 students in Kasmar and 450 children in Pindrajoda school. The fee we charge is adequate to run the school," added Kumar.