With summer vacations at their fag end, students are making a beeline for professional project makers to outsource their summer vacation homework.
Project makers are cashing in on this proliferating trend at the expense of parents who feel compelled to shell out that extra buck as these projects form part of their children’s overall assessment.
Deepak Kumar, who works on outsourced school projects from his home in Sushant Lok Phase I, revealed that in the current peak season, he manages to earn Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000 in just 20-25 days.
A simple project starts from Rs. 350 and complex projects have an asking rate of as much as Rs. 5,000.
Moreover, a request for a quick turnaround causes a further inflation in rates. Most of these professional project makers have links with local stationary shops who refer customers to them.
No surprise then that most parents are upset with school projects for which the child is not equipped since they claim that such assignments are just an added burden for parents and do not help children in developing their faculties.
Shilpa Kapoor, mother of a class I student, said, “My child has been given an album, a scrap book of vowels, a table mat, a calendar and book marks. I am at a loss as to how a class I student would do all of this. My only choice is whether I do it myself or outsource it.”
The reasons for outsourcing vacation homework are many, ranging from extra-curricular activities taking up students’ time to busy or ill-equipped parents.
Deepak Kumar added, “Students assigned these projects are busy with their ‘real studies’ and parents are either occupied or have no idea how to go about it.”
Another project maker, Sushma Rani, revealed that most of her clients are students who participate in extra-curricular activities.
“Apart from time constraints, they lack aesthetic skills and I simply help them to improve their project’s overall presentation within the instructions given,” she added.
While admitting the fact, Sudha Goel, principal of Scottish High International School, said, “We make it a point that the holiday homework is a recapitulation of what is taught in the class.”