Tuition Shops: Govt Gropes To Make The Most Of A Bad Job

SRINAGAR: Granting recognition to a rampant unhealthy practice, the directorate of education in Kashmir has asked coaching centres to fill in forms and deposit Rs 10,000 as registration fee within fifteen days, even as the Srinagar police urged managements to arrange separate classes for boys and girls.

The directorate’s plans for so-called registration of a parallel ‘education’ system, which makes nonsense of the hundreds of crores of rupees the public spends on state-run schooling, has been in the pipeline for over two years and did not take off even after the state High Court barred teachers in government service from running, or working in, private tuition classes.

A newly-surfacing traders’ body too jumped into the fray today with an eight-point programme to streamline the functioning of such centres which have broken out like a rash across the state with no supervision and regulation, not to speak of accounting for their huge monetary spinoffs.

The temporary suspension of the government’s torpor has been occasioned by an acid attack last week on a female teacher working for one such centre in Srinagar’s Parraypora quarter where scores of tuition shops with hundreds of boys and girls on rolls are located.

After the police began cracking down yesterday on loafer gangs hanging around in their vicinity, a senior officer in Srinagar held a meeting with owners and managements running coaching centres in the city.

Senior superintendent of the police (SSP) Aashiq Hussain Bukhari urged tuition centres to hold classes for boys and girls in separate shifts, and issue identity cards for their students.

He said that special police squads would remain posted in the vicinity of coaching centres to ensure security and safety for enrolled students.

He said that teachers and students in coaching centres should keep telephone numbers of the nearest police stations with them  to call for assistance in case of need.

A newly-surfacing traders’ body, the Kashmir Traders’ United Front (KTUF), came out with an eight-point proposal, saying that coaching centres to conduct fore-noon classes for girls, and afternoon sessions for boys.

It demanded a uniform fee structure for the entire coaching industry, and said that that class strength should not exceed 50 students.

It said that managements should ensure better facilities like heating and sanitation, and asked authorities to act against unnecessary crowds usually present in the vicinity of coaching centres. 

6 Coaching Canters Sealed in Anantnag

Saahil Suhail adds from Anantnag: Taking cognizance of news reports, district administration here in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district ordered closure of six coaching centres having inadequate space and lacking other basic facilities as per the government norms.  

Additional Deputy Commissioner Anantnag today ordered closure of six Coaching Centres in Anantnag. “We have ordered closure Usmania Coaching Center, New Usmania , Bright Carrier , Eternal , Bright Future and Classic Coaching Centre, he said adding, after sealing action will be taken against the teachers . 

“We are not against quality education but we will not allow our children to go to shabby institutions. They do not have basic amenities and even proper space”, the ADC added.

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