Parents in India spend about Rs 20,000 a year on tuition in public schools. While parents of private school students without outside help spend more than double, averaging 47,000 rupees a year. These costs include school fees, transportation and other costs such as infrastructure and classrooms, according to a survey by Edtech Schoolnet India Ltd.

Additional survey results showed that 6 per cent of parents spend between Rs 51,000 and Rs 1,000 to study in elite public schools such as Kendria Vidalaas, compared to 28 per cent of parents who spend the same amount on private schooling without outside help.

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A survey entitled “Understanding Indian School Education Spends Landscape” was conducted in collaboration with PGA Labs on the total cost of teaching and educating a child in India among private and public schools. Data were recorded from 480 parents of students in public schools and 437 parents with children in private schools without assistance (75 percent attend “affordable,” “cheap,” or “budget” private schools).

In addition, about 56 percent of families with children in public schools spend less than Rs 15,000 a year on school expenses. They spend an average of Rs 14,000 on post-school expenses. This includes personal tutors, training classes, coaching for competitive exams and more.

As many as 36% of parents of private school students without assistance spend more than 50,000 rupees on school education, and 3% of parents bear similar costs for additional education.

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As part of the total cost of schooling, 36% of parents spend less than Rs 5,000 as tuition fees in public schools, and 12% said they do not spend at all. 60% of parents of public school students bear these additional costs for education, spending Rs 10,000 and more on further education products.

“Over the past two years, we have seen a significant increase in demand for digital learning solutions, both in and after school. With this survey, we can understand the extent of the lack of quality education in schools, as evidenced by the growing prevalence and cost of extracurricular activities, ”said Orindam Ghosh, Head of Strategy at Schoolnet.

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