Private tuition centers flout guidelines on fee and timing

Private tuition centers flout guidelines on fee and timing
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By ISHFAQ RESHI
SRINAGAR: Amid the state government’s effort to organize winter coaching classes for the students for the second year, complaints galore on the ‘unregistered’ private coaching centres, mostly operating in violation of High Court norms all over the Kashmir valley.
The students complain that in several coaching centers, mostly operating at main locations of every district, no official supervision is visible to streamline their functioning.
“Most of the coaching centres are functioning without proper registration and charging arbitrary fee from students. There is no supervision from authorities,” the students say.
As per High Court directions a committee constituted at district level is supposed to monitor the functioning of the coaching centres. On the ground level, however, the guidelines are observed more in breach.
Some parents of the students undergoing coaching in the private centers told Kashmir Reader that no standardization has been enforced on tuition centers. “The unregistered coaching centres are cheating the students and are running in gross violation of the high court norms,” an aggrieved parent said.
“The tuition centres are charging hefty amounts and don’t enroll students without advance payment,” a group of students alleged.
The directorate of school education Kashmir (DSEK) recently issued a circular to all the proprietors of private coaching centres directing them to abide by the government guidelines issued by the school education department.
In its circular, DSEK has asked the coaching centres to ensure all the facilities including heating, drinking water and infrastructural facilities as per SRO 435 Edu of 2010 for the convenience of the student.
“The timings of the students must be set between 9 am to 5 pm. No students should be forced to attend classes after 5 pm or before 9 am,” reads the circular. The coaching centres have been asked not to demand advance payment (tuition fee) from the students as well.
Contrary to this, most of the coaching centres have already collected the advance fee from students admitted in coaching centres for their coaching in class 11, 12 and other competitive exams.
“Stern actions will be taken against the tuition centers where students are fleeced or the norms are violated,” an official said .

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