Coaching Centres take students for a ride
‘Unjustified strikes put our career at stake’
Srinagar, Jan 19: The management of coaching centres operating in the uptown areas of Srinagar is taking students for a ride by calling unnecessary strikes after authorities decided to regulate their functioning following acid attack on a preparatory school teacher last month.
Thousands of students are facing huge inconvenience after Coaching Centres Association (CCA) Friday decided to go on strike alleging harassment by officials.
The strike has left the students with unscheduled off days, and some parents scrambling for alternatives even after they had paid huge fees for the coaching.
All the coaching centres Saturday remained closed for the second consecutive day with students fuming against the CCA. Students are complaining of loss of their precious time due to the “unnecessary strikes being called by the coaching centres for their petty gains.”
“Our education has come to a halt as coaching centre authorities are taking us for a ride without thinking about our future. Unjustified strikes have put our career at stake. Higher Education department should end this stalemate,” said a group of students preparing for MBBS entrance examination.
“If the Coaching Centres Association has any issue with the government, why are they putting our career at stake instead of solving it by negotiation?” a group of students asked.
“Despite paying hefty sums as tuition fee, these coaching centres are holding our wards as hostage for settling issues with government. What is wrong if the School Education department is asking them to upgrade infrastructure and maintain healthy student-teacher ratio?,” asked Muhammad Ashraf, a parent.
Earlier, the Director School Education Muhammad Shafi Rather had issued a directive saying that the private coaching centres won’t be allowed to flout norms governing admissions and accommodation facilities.
“Government is contemplating action against coaching centres which lack infrastructure. It is high time to keep a vigil on such centres,” Rather had stated.
Following the DSEK directions, police also stepped in and tightened noose around the coaching centres. However, the civil society took a strong exception of it saying that main role of police is to investigate and “not to dictate.” This came after a police party allegedly assaulted a coaching centre teacher and some students.
Later, the CCA refused to follow the government diktat threatening to take a legal recourse against it. The CCA accused the government of failing to upgrade the education system.
When contacted, the Chairman CCA, GN War said they were forced to go on strike after officials again manhandled a teacher of a coaching centre.
“We are trying to convince the government to give us some time to follow the guidelines so that the crucial time of students is saved. But they don’t listen to us,” War said.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
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