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Coaching Classes, should be allowed only in school premises?

Coaching is a popular approach to employee development, based on a relationship between two people, the coach and the individual. The individual typically wants to improve his or her understanding of a situation, learn new skills, prepare for new situations, or improve performance areas. The coach may provide a variety of services to help the individual improve his or her performance.

In a race to excel most of one's competitors, coaching classes along with other institutions have become a resort for the betterment of student's academic performances. In a world where students commit suicide for not having scored a few marks more, high school and college-going students attending these classes has now become routine.

Today, coaching classes have become ubiquitous in the lives of city students. They are simultaneously a compulsion, and at the same time criticized a lot for spoiling education, student's lives, standard of schools etc. Due to almost all students attending coaching classes in cities, the interest of school teachers to impart knowledge to students has now started dipping gradually.

According to a study undertaken by Stanford University, college student coaching improves retention and graduation rates. True, the approach in these classes is centred towards marks and better academic performance. But it is our education system which is to blame since it weighs the student's standings on the brilliance of his score-card. Practical exams in science are given a sufficiently low weight age as compared to theory.

Hammering of the matter into the student's heads by means of continuous reiteration in written or oral form has become the way most coaching classes function today. Mathematical 'magic tricks' are taught without the students actually understanding the reasons behind why things happen the way they do 'magically'! On the lines of the typical 'chicken and egg syndrome', coaching classes have given rise to a controversy on whether the coaching classes have arisen due to inefficiency of the teachers at schools or vice versa i.e. the schools have started getting increasingly inefficient with the encroachment of coaching classes on their space. All kinds of teachers have existed in schools - those who do not handle their assignments well enough, along with the better ones. They charge higher for helping their students get higher marks. Anyhow, we can agree that they are a by-product of capitalism. Economist Jean-Baptiste claimed that supply creates its own demand. Does this hold true in case of coaching classes?

Perhaps, his theory is true for coaching classes also. These days coaching centres are mushrooming and growing at very high pace. One out of every four students in India takes private tuition and in a couple of states more than three out of every four students, or over 75%, opt for it, according to a report by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).

The main aim of the coaching is lost and highly ambitious business persons have turned the coaching classes into a high revenue generating industry. A parent is getting grinded by paying fees at schools as well as coaching centres but all in vain, as no one is concerned for the future of students.

This commercialisation of education can only be stopped if coaching classes are made allowed in school only. It will help children as well as parents in following ways:

  1. Students will get all the assistance under one roof and they will not have to run here and there for extra classes and thus precious time and energy will be saved.
  2. School teachers will act responsibly and they will also get extra income for their extra teachings.
  3. Parents will also get relief as they will have to pay less and will get someone answerable to low grades of their ward.
  4. There will be more harmony in student- teacher- parent relationship.

At the same time, we will lose the huge employment created by these coaching institutes, but any intellectual society will not prefer employment at the cost what we are paying today.

Rajwinder Kaur

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