Agence India Press
Srinagar: Mushroom growth of ‘unauthorized coaching centers’ violating the rules and regulations across the state may have worried the students, parents and even the academicians but ironically not the authorities’ at the helm of affairs.
Listen to Director School Education Kashmir, Dr Shagufta Parveen and you would be stunned, to say the least. To a question by Agence India Press, the director quipped, “We are yet to start the registration process of the centers. Our team of experts is still examining the functioning of centers in the valley,”
One may ask, when would then the registration process start? The coaching season is at its peak in view of the winter vacations and most of the tutioning process would come to close by February end. The educational institutions re-open every year in first week of March after the winter vacations.
Ironically, there has been no action on ground despite the tall claims of Minister for Education, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed that a campaign will be launched against the un-authorized coaching centers in the state. Peerzada had claimed this at a press conference in December last year and till date the department is yet to register a single coaching center.
Contrary to what director school education quipped on coaching centers, the official handout issued after Peerzada press conference last year had claimed, “So far a good number of coaching centres have approached education department for registration for which committee of experts has been constituted. The committee will register the unit after proper verification to ensure that un-authorized coaching centre are weeded out and exploitation of students in the name of education is ended,”
Floating the rules and regulations, most of the coaching centers are operating in buildings without window panes and proper heating arrangements. Students are shivering in cold at these centers.
Students at large allege that they are over-charged at centers as there is no uniform tuition fee set by the authorities for a particular subject. The allegations do not end here.
Parents too allege that the centers have become money-minting machines’ rather than institutions imparting education to students.
The academician’s view that the centers floating the norms should not be allowed to operate or brought under the set norms.
“In view of the growing demand for tuitions during winter vacations, the centers charge students at will. I am taking tuition at a center in Parraypora, which is housed in a tin shed. Students are shivering in cold as there are no heating arrangements,” alleged Mushtaq Ahmad, a student of 12th class adding that the tuition fee for students’ varies and those who have rapport with the teachers have to pay nominal charges.
In North Kashmir’s Kupwara and Handwara towns, at some centers, students are taking tuitions on worn-out mats without any heating arrangement. Over the years, there has been a mushroom growth of unauthorized coaching centers operating across the state. Though late, the state government has decided to tighten noose around the unauthorized centers directing the school education department to effectively implement the government order, which makes the registration of coaching centers mandatory.
It may be recalled here that under order No: 435-Edu of 2010 dated:
30-04-2010, the state government has asked runners of coaching centers to register their centers with education department. Besides it had decided to launch a campaign against unauthorized coaching centers’ but so far the decision has remained confined to papers.
In this connection, a committee of experts was constituted to register centers after proper assessment of their functioning. Had the move been implemented properly, it would have put an end to exploitation of students’ by unauthorized centers in the name of so called quality education.
“Far from the eyes of authorities, these centers over-charge students in the name of imparting quality education. Had the government directions been implemented in letter and spirit it would have helped put a check on what has now became a menace,” an academician viewed.
Through attractive advertisements’ in both print and electronic media, the coaching centers lure the students promising quality education and other facilities, which they never fulfill. “The centers woo the students by floating attractive advertisements but on ground, students are made to suffer,” said Abdul Ahad, a parent. (AIP)
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