Finding it difficult to get their children to study at home, most parents start sending them for tuitions when they are less than 10 years old, a recent survey has revealed.
A survey of 1,978 children by Edumedia across eight cities found that the maximum number of children (30.2%) started attending tuitions before they had completed 10 years.
While 13.9% kids start attending tuitions at 11 to 12 years, 14.9% start at 13 to 14 years, and only 11.95% students started tuitions when they were in Class 10.
“Students starting tuitions at a very young age is an unhealthy trend,” said Seema Hingorrany, clinical psychologist.
“Kids should ideally attend tuitions only from Class 8 (13 years) when they learn to handle pressure.”
Experts said there is no reason for children to attend tuition classes till Class 8 due to the ‘No detention policy’.
“With continuous comprehensive pattern of evaluation, students do not face any academic pressure since all their work is completed in school. Parents only have to make them practice at home,” said Rohan Bhat, principal of Children’s Academy Group of Institutions in Kandivli and Borivli.
“We try to explain to parents that there is no co-relation between the child’s performance in Class 5 to that of Class 10 since the level of the syllabus is completely different,” he added.
But parents are unable to make children study at home mostly for lack of time and because often children do not listen to them, said experts.
“Kids of this generation are restless and active, so parents find it very difficult to control them,” said Sangeeta Srivastava, principal of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel School, Kandivli.
Even school teachers push students to join tuitions, said Dr Harish Shetty, psychiatrist: “School teachers deliberately force students to join classes run by them. This is why the Right to Education Act has banned school teachers from conducting tuition classes.”
Moreover, working parents do not want to spend time teaching their children, he added: “Parents today want their children to think of them as ‘fun loving’ and don’t want to be the ones making them study. That is left to the classes.”
However, he added, sending children to tuition classes is not detrimental to their mental health if the environment at the classes is stress-free.
“Tuitions should not become a second school. The tuition teachers should be friendly with kids and make them learn in a fun way.”
The survey also found that 29.7% students do not go for tuitions throughout their schooling, while 2% of students studying in Class 10 did not go for tuitions.
“This is surprising, as joining classes for board exams has become a norm in the country,” said Tabassum Modi, executive director, Edumedia.
Academicians said that many schools offering special classes for their Class 10 batch could be one of the reasons for this.
“Our school offers all-year-round coaching Class 10 students. We started this because parents were hesitating to send their children, especially girls, for classes outside,” said Bhat.