Authorities set one-week deadline for unregistered coaching centers

As per a report furnished by the monitoring committee framed by the Chief Education Officer Anantnag, most of the coaching centers are not only operating without registeration but also lack the required facilities

SHABIR AHMAD/ MUSHTAQ-UL-ISLAM

ANANTNAG: Authorities have set a one-week deadline for coaching centres here to get registered.
As per a report furnished by the monitoring committee framed by the Chief Education Officer Anantnag, most of the coaching centers in this south Kashmir township are not only operating without registeration but also lack the required facilities.
Out of 23 coaching centers running in the town not a single is registered with the education department. Besides running illegally these coaching centers, the report says, lack facilities like
seating, heating, spacious class rooms, waiting halls and separate toilet facilities for girls and boys. “Out of 23 only two coaching centers in the town have got the seating and heating facilities for the students,” the report says. Two other coaching centers, as per the report, have got the waiting halls for the students but they too are lacking other facilities.
The report has also pointed out discrepancies in the fee structure in all the coaching centers. “In eleven coaching centers there is no transparency in the tuition fee charged while as in the rest there are grave discripancies in the fee,” the report says.
“There are discrepancies in the fee charged besides painful lack of requisite facilities. The disproportionate student-classroom ratio and improper timing (not in sync with current cold season is also compounding the problems for the students,” the reports further reads. Sources said that despite repeated warnings to these coaching center owners by the authorities to get their centers registered none of them bothered to do so.
Sources said that in some of the reputed coaching centers located at KP road at least 200 hundred students are made to attend a lecture in a single classroom. “Despite charging 6 to 9 thousand rupees to a student per subject these coaching center operators don’t bother to provide heating facility to our children in these chilly days. They have become money minting shops. I fail to understand why the authorities don’t for any action against them,” said a parent, Mohammad Maqbool.
Another parent, Abdul Rashid, said that as per the court direction there is 10 percent reservation for the destitute, orphans and those living below poverty in every coaching center. “But in none of the coaching centers in the town you can show me any of the student from such catagory getting free coaching,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief education officer (CEO), Anantnag, Ghulam Rasool Shah said they have set a week’s deadline to the coaching center owners for registeration of their centers and ensuring all the facilities to the students. “There are strict directions by the honorable high court to shut all the unregistered coaching centers.
So we have given them weeks time .If they fail to get their centers registered and abide by the other court directions within seven days we will close down all of them. We have to implement the court orders in letter and sprit,” CEO told Kashmir Reader.
In neighboring district Pulwama, the situation is no better as all the coaching centers there are also running illegally with no facilities available to the students. “None of the coaching centers out of 15 is registered with the department.
They also don’t provide the facilities to the students they are supposed to. But going by the directions of the high court directions we have put the operaters of all such coaching centers to notice,” CEO Pulwama, Farooq Ahmad Dar told Kashmir Reader.
He said that in next few days they will go for action as directed the high court against all these unregistered coaching centers.