Huge Benefits & Low Velocity in Coaching Centers 

COACHING centers are now an important part of our education system as they are now recognized and registered by our administration. But, does it mean that they are not accountable to anyone? We often raise fingers at the huge imposition of fees by private institutions. Do they charge more fees than the coaching centers? The answer to this question is simply, no, because the fee charged by the coaching centers is many times more than these private institutions. Why no one questions and stymies this plunder? Students from far-flung areas in winter move towards cities and towns for quality tuition. They not only pay huge amounts as tuition fees but also hire rooms or stay in hostels to attend tuition classes. Some of them belong to poor families whose parents sell or mortgage a patch of land to fulfill the needs of their children. So, it is not the fees only but also other expenses that parents have to afford. Sometimes this burden of expenses becomes too heavy to carry as a result many students are forced to surrender and leave the coaching center halfway. The irony is that teachers or coordinators of Coaching centers don’t take cognizance of this burning issue.

Consequently, poor students suffer.

The pace of teaching is as low as a tortoise’s walk. Students have to wait for the whole year to complete their syllabus. The time required to complete the syllabus of the 11th and 12th classes is approximately five months or not more than six months. Unfortunately, when students return in November they complain about the teachers’ apathy who after collecting fees play truancy with the students and leave them without finishing the syllabus. Meanwhile, students face many problems like the shortage of attendance and appearance in unit tests. Many students succumb to the pressure of their institutions for regular classes so they too, return to their homes halfway. Only those students stay there who either belong to rich families or have special permission from educational institutions.

It would be better if coaching centers complete the syllabus in due course of time.Why do they drag the students to the end of the session when they spontaneously leave coaching centers?

During the lockdown situation, students stayed at their homes and were not able to attend classes despite the fact that they had paid the fee in advance and in many cases, no classes were arranged to compensate. The strangest thing is that no one mulled over refunding the Fees paid for nothing. Isn’t this plunder or embezzlement?

These above-given illustrations demand stern action and a systematic approach to curb the unjustified and capricious rules prevailing in the big coaching centers. Why do students prefer to flee their higher secondaries in Summer? Coaching centers should ponder over the weaknesses and apply innovative techniques to minimize the loss and miseries of the students.

Malik Manzoor

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