In order to address the genuine complaints of students and parents regarding exploitations by various coaching centres of valley, a special Squad of senior officers of Directorate of School Education Kashmir on the instructions of Director School Education Kashmir Mir Tariq Ali carried surprise inspection of some coaching centres located in uptown area of Srinagar city. The team interviewed the students just outside the coaching centres to get an on the spot feedback about the quality of education and various facilities available in these centres.
The team later inspected the coaching centres to cross check the arrangements as claimed by the management of the centres through their advertisements in local print and electronic media. The team came to know that the coaching centres are charging @ Rs. 20,000 to 25,000 from students of 11thand 12th class for coaching of three subjects. The team took serious notice of some coaching centres who had +200 students in one single room. In one of the coaching centres run under the title of VIPs, the team found that the teacher was seen using microphone for teaching a large group of students. In most of the coaching centres, the inspection team found that there was no proper heating arrangement and the students despite having paid huge sums were found shivering with cold in early morning hours. Some coaching Centres are functioning normally under rules.
This is pertinent to mention here that the Coaching Centres were provisionally registered by Director School Education Kashmir and in most cases registration has already expired on April 30, 2013. The team has recommended closure of such coaching centres which also were found violating the norms and exploiting the students just for the lust of money.
Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand has taken strong note of the exploitative and shady business run by these so called coaching centres and advised the competent authority to go strictly by the standing norms. The inspections shall continue vigorously in the larger interest of student community and the society.
Meanwhile, the students and the parents have hailed this endeavour of the government and hoped that the Directorate shall help them to get genuine education from these coaching centres and save them from exploitation.