Coaching Centres Association skips media questions during presser

Resents Government Control, GST , Says CM’s Super-50 ''A Failed Initiative''

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 4 2018 1:23AM | Updated Date: Jan 4 2018 1:23AM
Coaching Centres Association skips media questions during presserRepresentational Pic

Coaching Centres Association (CCA) Wednesday skipped many queries during a press conference it had organised here to express resentment against several measures taken by authorities to regulate private tuition centres.

Junaid Yusuf, CCA president, who also runs a private tuition centre also refused to elaborate his answer when media persons asked him to explain holding of joint classes for class 11 and class 12, and the failure of his tuition centre to complete the syllabus on time. 

“You must have invited the students (from my coaching centre) here so that we could discuss it,” he replied while winding up his reply when asked to elaborate his version to the allegations made by students of his coaching centre.

The allegations made by students and their parents against the coaching institute were that the institute charged Rs 1.75 lakh from each student for completion of syllabus of CBSE for class 11 and 12. They said that the coaching for class 11 was started in May 2017 with a promise that entire syllabus would be completed by the 15 January 2018.

However, as per class 11 students and their parents, only forty percent syllabus has been completed till date while the class 11 students have been forced to sit with the students of class 12 to cover its syllabus in advance while leaving class 11 syllabus in midway for which examination is coming nearer.

The speakers in press conference alleged that super 50 coaching by government has not produced success stories and claimed private coaching centres have produced large number of students who cracked various competitive examinations. However, they maintained silence as media persons told them common people caste doubt over their claims of success stories after one of the coaching centres published photographs of Peshawar terror attack victims claiming them to be their students cracking competitive examination.

In July 2017, the advertisement contained photographs of 30 students and the one of the coaching institutions - HOPE CLASSES - had claimed all of them to be their students who qualified NEET-2017 entrance examinations for MBBS JEE-2017. However, later the investigation by media revealed that advertisement features an image of one of the victims of Peshawar Army School terror attack while some other pictures had also been downloaded from internet and given fake names to present them as their students.

“From my coaching centre 35 to 45 students have qualified competitive examination. What is the achievement of these super 50 coaching centres? Their result is zero,” said Muhammad Shahid Dar who runs a private coaching centre here and is also CCA vice-chairman.

Dar said that director education has sent a list of students (falling under category of below poverty line), recommending them for free coaching. “But we have proof that the students are not from below poverty line. Why should we accept them? We offer free coaching to deserving students and have own rules to verify their economic status. We want to tell the government choose only one option; either to charge 18 percent GST from us or free education to 10 percent students,” he said.

However, Dar refused to disclose the annual revenue figures of his coaching centre when media persons asked what was more expensive for them to bear; 18 percent GST or 10 percent free students.

“No, figures of annual revenue cannot be disclosed in public. But I will tell you that we charge 18 percent GST from students.”

However, all speakers skipped the question when asked that if they charge GST from students why they refuse to offer free coaching to ten percent students.

“Can you explain, elaborate or justify your demand as why you want only either of them to be imposed; either GST or free coaching to ten percent students. If you charge GST from students what is bad in offering free coaching to ten percent students,” asked the media persons. However, the speakers pretended to have not heard the question despite repeated requests by media persons to respond.

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