Govt tightens noose around coaching centres

DSEK Missive Seeks Completion Of Registration, Permission Formalities Within 15 Days

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Jan 3: A day after a female school teacher was attacked with acid in Srinagar, the J&K Government Thursday decided to tighten the noose around private coaching centres across the city in a bid to “keep vigil on eve-teasing and complaints of harassment of girls.”
Taking a serious note of the incident, the Director School Education Muhammad Shafi Rather told Greater Kashmir that the private coaching centres won’t be allowed to flout norms governing admissions and accommodation facilities.
“Government is contemplating action against coaching centres lacking infrastructure and those where hundreds of students are made to sit in small rooms,” he said, asserting that “it is high time to keep a vigil on such centres.”
Rather said, “We have given 15 days time to coaching centres to get their registration/permission formalities completed under the Jammu and Kashmir Regulation of Private Tuition Centre (Rules 2010), failing which action shall be initiated against the defaulters.”
Pertinently, in a rare incident of its kind in the Valley, a girl from uptown Barzulla Wednesday received burn injuries when two men threw acid on her face after assaulting her near Parraypora on Airport Road here.
Family of the girl (identity withheld) said she was attacked by two men at around 10:30 AM near Parraypora where she teaches in a preparatory school. “They snatched her belongings and assaulted her. One of them threw acid on her face and both of them fled from the spot,” the girl’s uncle told Greater Kashmir.
With the incident sending shock waves across Kashmir, the Directorate of School Education today issued a missive to coaching centres vide Government Order No 435/Edu of 2010, directing  all the private tuition centres to get the registration/permission from the competent authority to continue their operations, failing which appropriate action will be taken against them. “The application for permission /registration must be accompanied with all the notifications displaying monthly tuition fee charged from students and also the notification displaying particulars of its faculty members including their qualification and experience,” the DSEK order reads.
It adds: “The documents related to infrastructure and other facilities i.e. minimum area/space of 9 sq per candidate, separate waiting room, separate drinking water facilities for female candidates, electricity, heating/cooling arrangements in classrooms /waiting halls should in place. If any education agency/tuition centre/coaching center fails to seek permission/registration within the stipulated time, it shall be liable for appropriate action under rules.”
The order has also made it clear that the coaching centres would not be allowed to operate during the day when schools remain functional.
The Wednesday’s incident has triggered worry among parents about their wards. “Such incidents are condemnable. We are now more worried about the safety of our children,” said a group of parents. “The Government must step up security around the coaching centres so that such incidents don’t take place in future. It is a serious issue which the government cannot afford to take casually.”
According to parents, the coaching centres must be properly regulated and made to operate under formal rules and regulations. “There are many coaching centres where hundreds of students are accommodated in small rooms. This is a huge nuisance and a cause of concern,” said Abdul Qadir, a parent. “Apart from security measures, the authorities must ensure proper accommodation facilities for boys as well as girls so that it doesn’t lead to any messy situation.”
Pertinently, in absence of stringent laws and regulations governing coaching centres, the parents believe it has given a free hand to their owners to fleece parents and flout norms. “The police have a greater role to play in such areas where coaching centres are operating. They must keep a check on vagabonds so that they don’t roam around such places,” Qadir added.
In 2010, then Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar during his visit to one of the coaching centres found that about 250 students were given lecture in a small room in Karan Nagar area and each class lasted for just 30-40 minutes. During his interaction with the students, he learnt that each student paid Rs 4,500 as tuition fee.
Sources said that after the incident Kakroo directed all coaching centres to get registration done but some people filed litigation against it and the process could not be completed.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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