Tuition centres take students, parents for a ride

Fail to provide basic facilities, charge exorbitant fees

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Jan 8: In a small room having an area of 10 X 20 square feet in Shaher-e-Khaas here, 92 students huddle together to attend class in a tuition centre. In absence of any monitoring by authorities, this norm is followed by most of the tuition centres in Srinagar city.
 Despite charging exorbitant fees from students, majority of tuition centres have miserably failed to provide standard teaching and other infrastructural facilities which are pre-requisites for good environment for education.
 “Male and female students are clubbed together in small rooms in tuition centres. Ironically when the lecturer are delivered without ever asking students whether they are able to understand it or not,” said Shazia, a class 12th student studying at a coaching centre at Parraypora area here.
 Greater Kashmir spoke to a number of students who expressed their happiness over the decision of Directorate of School Education for tightening noose against tuition centres.
 “We are paying huge sum of money to these coaching centres. The only thing we want from them is quality education and it is not possible if a teacher teaches around 100 students at a time in a single,” said Murtaza Ashraf, a student.
 Echoing similar views, Inaam- ul-Haq suggested that government should make law that could force coaching centres to teach only 25 students per batch.
 Notably this is despite the fact that these tuition centres are making students pay through their nose by charging hefty amounts as tuition fees.
 Parents of the students studying in coaching centres demanded that government should force these centres to make separate shifts for boys and girls.
 “Tuition centres and area outside them have become a hub of immoral activities. We as part of a civilized society should raise our voice against such things. We urge State government to enforce restrict laws for people governing these tuition centres of making separate arrangements for boys and girls,” said Muhammad Yaqoob, a retired government teacher.
 Besides overcrowding in tuition centres, parents are concerned over hefty amount of tuition fees they have to shell out 
 “I have to pay Rs 20,000 for three subjects in medical stream as tuition fee for my son. However when I visited the Centre he is studying in, I was shocked to see more than hundred students sitting in a room and a lecturer teaching them,” said Javid Ahmad, a parent who ward is studying at tuition centre at Baghat Barzulla.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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