UttraPradesh (Agency): In response to growing concerns over student suicides, inadequate facilities, and questionable teaching methods, the Ministry of Education has introduced stringent guidelines aimed at regulating private coaching centres.
The new regulations prohibit coaching centres from admitting students under the age of 16 and address deceptive practices, such as false assurances of guaranteed ranks or high marks.
Additionally, the guidelines seek to establish a legal framework to oversee the unchecked expansion of private coaching centres. The government’s decision comes amidst reports of fire incidents and a need for comprehensive measures to alleviate the intense academic pressure faced by students.
Under the new guidelines, coaching centres are mandated to establish a proactive mechanism for offering sustained assistance to students experiencing stressful situations. Trained counsellors must be appointed to provide effective guidance and counselling for both students and parents.
To address financial concerns, coaching centres are instructed to set fair and reasonable fee structures, providing clear receipts for all transactions. They must also furnish a prospectus outlining courses offered, including details on course duration, classes, tutorials, and other relevant information.
In response to the guidelines, tuition centres claim to have a team of well-trained and experienced counsellors to address student queries and problems. The emphasis is on prioritizing the mental well-being of students, acknowledging the stress associated with academics.
Prominent figures in the education sector have voiced their opinions on the new approach. Maithili Tambe, CEO of The Academy School (TAS), highlighted the intense academic pressure students face. Neeraj Kumar, Founder and CEO of PeakMind, emphasized the importance of understanding students’ feelings beyond just caring about grades. Srinivas Konduti, Director of Sanjay Ghodawat IIT and Medical Academy (SGIMA), assured transparency in fee structures, leaving no room for hidden charges.
These regulations signify a crucial step towards ensuring the well-being of students and bringing accountability to the private coaching sector.
(Courtesy: The Financial Express)