By Sameer Ahmad / Naveed Bhat

The debate on which schools provide better education, private schools or government schools, comes up quite regularly. Every parent wants their child to receive the best education available. Many people prefer sending their children to private schools due to the perception that the overall quality of education provided in these schools is much higher than that provided by the government schools. Recent years have seen a remarkable increase in the number of private schools. Parents today, prefer sending their children to private schools even if it means an hour’s ride to the school daily. Like any other town, Anantnag too has seen an increase in the number of private schools. Every morning hundreds of different school buses can be seen picking up small school going kids in their crisp uniforms, in the main chowk of Anantnag.  Why have private schools become so popular? What forces people to send their children to private schools despite the fact that most of these schools are quite expensive? What steps should the government take to attract more students towards the government run schools? Team KO asks. Here is what a few locals have to say.