Education

Public Schools vs. Private Schools

Last updated on April 15, 2021

When you think of the education system in India, public and private schools are two distinct categories that come up. Public schools are also referred to as government schools. In the past few years, the number of private schools in India is steadily increasing. Simultaneously, the number of students studying at government schools is seeing a slowly decreasing trend. 

In the middle of these developments, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each system for students. The system that is hiring now and the opportunities differ in both types. From sarkari jobs to high-paying jobs in the private sector, the question remains. Where do students get the best education? 

To find out, we list out the pros and cons of both public and private schools. Read ahead to find out. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Public Schools: 

Here are the advantages of public schools:- 

  • Public schools are affordable options and provide education even to students who are unable to afford schools with high fees. 
  • Children are also provided with meals, clothes, as well as school supplies. 
  • Seats are often reserved for students from underprivileged backgrounds including SC/ST students. 

Discussed below are the disadvantages of public schools:-

  • The quality of education is often poor. The language of instruction is often not English. While this is not problematic, it leaves students underprepared for career paths that demand communication in English. 
  • The infrastructure is often inadequate. Schools have old buildings that do not support student learning very well. 
  • There is often no individual attention given to student’s learning. 
  • There is a lack of effort to inculcate holistic learning into the lives of students. There is often no focus on discipline and hygiene as the resources available do not allow for this.
     

Advantages and Disadvantages of Private Schools 

We have looked at the pros and cons of public schools above. We have also taken the time to study the same for private schools.

Read ahead as we discuss the advantages of private schools:-

  • The medium of learning and communication is often in English. In addition to this, students are also exposed to various Indian and foreign languages during their education. 
  • Dressing, punctuality, hygiene, and other parameters of a good education are all accounted for. The personality of every student is paid attention to, in addition to academics. 
  • There are various sport and extra-curricular activities at the disposal of students. With an emphasis on team-learning and activities, students are taught to excel in life. 
  • The infrastructure and facilities are adequate to allow students to approach their career paths with confidence. 

Here are the disadvantages of private schools:- 

  • The singular disadvantage of private schools is that they tend to be very expensive. Not all students can gain access to them. 

Final Words

The key is not to be discouraged by the pros and cons of public and private schools. The idea is to learn from the positives of both systems and seek to find a middle ground through which the public education system in India can benefit. 

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