SRINAGAR, AUGUST 08: Illegal coaching centres are mushrooming in the Kashmir and elsewhere in the state, despite the government’s tall claims of tightening the noose around them.
According to sources, at least hundreds of tuition and coaching centres are running illegally in the Jammu and Kashmir. Of the 186 registered allowed operating tuition till September 2018.
Official from education department said that, “We cannot stop people from opening tuition centres, but they have to get themselves registered. As far as action on the unregistered ones is concerned, it is initiated only after receiving complaints”.
Sources claimed illegal tuition centres charged high fees from students and barely provided them with the required facilities.
One of the students of leading tuition centre in Khanyar told PTK that “my tuition centre took Rs 10,000 for per subject. The place lacks proper infrastructure as 135 students study in a class that has a seating capacity of 60”.
Coaching centres, however, succeed in wooing parents to pay high fees with the help of promising advertisements.
“I think tuition centres charge high fees only to ensure quality education. We need a little patience as no child can become Einstein in a night,” said Daniyal Raheed a local resident of Khanyar.
He added that “Tuition centres in residential areas also cause inconvenience to people residing there”.
The Supreme Court in March, 2016 had pointed out that coaching centres in residential areas were a nuisance to women and the elderly and must shift out to commercial premises or institutional areas. The bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice U U Lalit had made the observation while refusing to give any relief to petitioner.
Meanwhile In October 2017, the directorate of school education had granted provisional recognition to 182 coaching centres, asking proprietors to maintain a proper record of tuition fee in accounting books besides displaying monthly tuition fee charged from students subject-wise, class- wise and course- wise.
Recognition was granted to 182 coaching centres till September 2018 on the basis of a report submitted by an inspection team consisting of deputy commissioners and chief education officers concerned.
Coaching centres have also been asked to notify detailed particulars of their faculty members such as qualification and experience besides providing 10 percent of the seats free of cost to the destitute, orphans and the students living below poverty line.
“Pupil teacher ratio must be adhered to in order to provide quality and individual education and overcome the academic gaps between the students,” reads the government order.
But, the proprietor of a coaching centre said on the condition of anonymity, centres often violate the 40-student limit per class, sometimes letting up to 200 students to sit in a class. (PTK)