Ruining the future

The only solution is to ban these private tuition centers

CONCERN

ISHFAQ AHMAD

The growth of private tutoring in Kashmir since the last two decades indicates that there is a growing demand and insistence for it. This indispensable want unfortunately arises from various factors and causes; like peer pressure, social cohesion, social graces, social malaise, and elite parental pressure’ may be in some exceptional cases a student might actually need extra support. This has given rise to a mushrooming of private tutorials in Kashmir, most of which fail to help students and exist only to make bucks. The irony is that these tutors are teachers in schools during the days and suddenly become tutors at their homes. One can easily buy a three room flat with the exorbitant rates that these money grabbers charge.
Now look at the students going to these tuition centers. Multicolored dresses, cowboy manners, and then the latest motor bikes. The matter of the fact is that these boys and girls are oblivious of what they actually are going through. They are after their already taught notes in Colleges and Schools.  Doesn’t this call for banning this practice, at least in the way it exists presently?  These boys and girls actually never know that they usually cover over twenty miles a day to find some space in a room where they are placed like a herd.
There are many tutors in the city most in demand earning up to one lac per month, just for an hour of black board cleaning, two to three phone calls, “where were we”, “sir, we haven’t yet started”, “don’t worry just two more days, dear, I will turn the tide.”
Is it the money that lures them? Is it their keenness to propagate education? Their love for the students? Or something else? I tried to understand the system, but it’s all Greek to me.
Private tuition simply isn’t an option for poor families and this is where the state Government should step in to level the field. Private tutoring has been most prevalent in Kashmir, every street, every alley, house; even the shops carry hoardings decorated with flamboyant designs and hip-hop names on them. More than 73% of young boys and girls receive private tuition. I wonder what has happened to this noble profession of teaching! The most important issue is that teachers claim that they are paid very little. These are the teachers who want the cake and eat it too.
Will the Ministry of Education put a break to this system? No way, as the demand is such that the pressure will come from parents. There will be no money wasting, there will be no Scooty collisions, there will be no eve-teasing, there will be no stay outs, there will be no worrying. I do not wish to name individual teachers here but one Chemistry teacher alone gives tuition to at least 130 students while another Botany teacher gives tuition to more than 145 students in a span of one hour. The question is if private practice was abolished for doctors why would it be so difficult to apply the same to private teaching. 

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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