Human beings possess cognitive ability which distinguishes them from other living world. Education is a means to shape that intellect and cognitive ability in a utilizable path. It provides expression to inward capacity through outward manifestation of ideas in a conventional way of teaching and learning. This ideology led to establishment of educational institutions for preparation of person to take worldly affairs in own hands. It teaches him experience based problem solving mechanism which adds dynamism to intellect of man.
Usually Govt of the day is at the front for provision of educational service to subjects. However the rise of private institutions in recent past added diversification in available mechanism. It provides scope to competition through insemination of new and advanced solutions for education. On this front majority holds a combined approach of public and private institutional support to acquire required tuition for subjects aspired to be of handsome difficulty.
In our backyard mushroom growth of private institutions and their impact in educational progress of Kashmir is worthy of analysis. Over and above it’s role in addition of dynamism in students calibre it brought some mysterious consequences in overall educational sphere.
The students try to utilize winter vocation for continuity in tuition centres. These institutions run on private basis and hold their module in consensus with students but at times problem crops in due to either commercial compulsions or clash of timings across sectors. Rural – Urban dichotomy is ist orientation of abuse in private mode of education. Most of the institutions are established in urban areas that too at specific locations like Hyderpora area of Srinagar, KP Road Anantnag etc. This creates problems for students coming over from rural areas. They usually take temporary rooms on rent basis for time factor and cost benefit analysis but the stretching and elongated time schedule for syllabus completion evolves beyond coping capacity. This approach can’t be cited favorable for local ( urban ) aspirants either but not atleast disadvantageous. Moreover, timing schedule in summer is set as per schedule of urban govt institutions thus putting rural aspirants at disadvantage. Herein lies the space for proper rethink to curb loss of deserving who lift heavy burden than local dwellers.
Nowadays another problem creeping due to tuition syndrome is inefficiency and erratic behavior after some period or till completion fee formalities. As the institutions are private and beyond any prescribed procedure whose only motive is commercial. This impacts the time as well as functional capacity of student.
Tuition hubs have emerged as moral disasters for society. These unregulated and uncontrolled institutions run on the whims and fancies of private coordinators. Since absence of any prescribed procedure provides scope for moral corruption and the institutions have proved it in oft repeated manner. And the style of seeking commercial benefits by public employees especially lecturers is endangering. The education in this way seems lucrative business rather than responsibility towards society.
There’s a need for proper guidelines and mechanism to regulate their timing ,fee structure, discipline and other matters in nip and tuck pattern of daily private educational institutions. The tuition areas need to be converted into focus areas for law and order to curb staring, eve teasing ,smoking ,moral corruption etc. Is the Govt ready?
Shahid Majeed Mir
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