Coaching centres without requisite facilities for students

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 5: Despite J&K High Court directing authorities to regulate coaching centres in Kashmir, the institutes are allegedly fleecing students by charging exorbitant fees while failing to put in place basic facilities including proper accommodation and heating arrangements.
 Scores of students enrolled in various coaching centres accused authorities of acting as ‘mute spectator to their ill-functioning.’
 “The coaching centres charge fees ranging from Rs 20,000 to 30,000 for three subjects, making it almost unaffordable for poor students,” said a delegation of students.
 Despite doing good business, most of the coaching centres have failed to put in place basic facilities causing immense inconvenience to students.
 “Most of the coaching centres at Baghat and Parraypora charge Rs 20,000 from a medical student for three subjects. On an average, 150 students are enrolled in a class making it Rs 30 lakhs for three to four months,” said Nazir Ahmad, a parent from Hyderpora here.
  Aggrieved students alleged that most of the coaching centres operating at Baghat and Parraypora “pack” 150 to 200 students in a hall for a lecture.
 “In such a situation, voice of teacher remains inaudible to students. And if loudspeakers are used, it seems as if we are in some educational function rather than in a disciplined class,” said Rahila, a student from Dalgate.
  Even male and female students are clubbed together in small classrooms of the tuition centres, allege students.
  “We are paying heavily to these coaching centres for imparting quality education. But the owners have failed to put in place basic amenities,” said another student, Bilal Ahmad.
 The aggrieved students also complained that most of the coaching centres were not following the directives issued by district administration wherein it was directed not to start classes before 9 am.
  The aggrieved parents and students have appealed to the authorities to take immediate measures to regulate functioning of the coaching centres.