Coaching centers lack facilities, authorities say will act soon

By Insha Latief/Asim Shah

Officials inspect a coaching center in Sopore Town

SRINAGAR/SOPORE: Over crowded classes, crouched space, extensive class work and lack of heating arrangement is how coaching centers are operating in the valley, with authorities saying that they are trying to streamline the sector.
Irshada, a class 12 student of a coaching centre in uptown Srinagar, said that teachers impart lectures on microphones to about 500 students and continuous exposure to the loud sound does not allow her to concentrate on studies.
Students said the centre was constructing a new building for housing the coaching center and washrooms facility were lacking at the present facility.
In some coaching centers, students complain of having no heating arrangements in winters.
Muqadas, a 10th class student, said that they have to endure non-stop classes from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
“No lunch break is provided and the whole process is tiresome. Teachers tell us to have lunch between classes that disrupts the teaching process.”
Moreover heating arrangement were also lacking at the centre.
Gowhar, a student at another coaching centre also complained of lack of heating arrangement, “We shiver in the cold in our class. It becomes very difficult to concentrate on studies.” she said.
In north Kashmir’s Sopore town students face similar problems with coaching centres operating without fulfilling the parameters set by the authorities.
Like in Srinagar, the centres in Sopore are overcrowded and lack proper heating arrangements, and government teachers are clandestinely employed to teach.
The students alleged that the centres were only interested in increasing the roll.
After frequent complaints by students and parents, authorities raided some centres on Tuesday with Sub District Magistrate of Sopore Bashir Ahmad Bhat forming teams to look into the functioning of these centers in the town.
The Directorate of School Education Kashmir has already asked all private tution centres to register themselves with the department and provide basic facilities to the students.
Government teachers are also barred from teaching at these centres.
Director School Education, Kashmir Ajaz Ahmed Bhat told Kashmir Reader, that the tuition centers have been asked to register themselves with the department within a week.
“We will also look up whether they adhere to the rules and set guidelines. If found violating we will take strict actions against them,” he said.