Coaching centres violate govt norms

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SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 8 2017 12:45AM | Updated Date: Dec 8 2017 12:45AM
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No centre offering tuitions for classes 9 to 12 besides coaching for competitive examinations has made its fee structure public, which is violation of government guidelines set for private coaching centres.

“Most of the coaching centres force the students to pay tuition fee in advance,” said Haris, an engineering aspirant who has sought admission in one of the coaching institutes in Raj bagh. 

“For four months I have to make an advance payment of Rs 40,000. I had requested that I will pay in installments but they refused,” he said.

The government had directed private tuition centres to notify their fee structure in “leading newspapers” before starting classes.

In October, 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.

“The government also has not fixed the fee structure for coaching centres, neither do government officials inspect these centres regularly which provides the owners an opportunity to fleece students," said Muhammad Iqbal, a parent from Qamarwari.

Registration of a centre can be cancelled or the centre can be shut down by the government if it detects violation of the rules.

Director school education Kashmir GN Itoo said, “Coaching centres will not be allowed to violate government guidelines. They will face strict action." 

He said a team from the directorate will inspect all coaching centres in phases and violators will be closed down.