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Private tutors make merry

As Board exams just a breath away, students are having a tough time on the other hand coaching centres, make merry.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 12:01 IST

The countdown has begun. With Board exams just a breath away, both students and their parents are having a tough time. Coaching centres, on the other hand, are making the most of the situation.

“I don’t call them institutions spreading education. They are business centres not only making students dependent but also doubting the credibility of school teachers,” says a teacher in a government school. On the contrary, Rita Narula, mother of Stuti, studying in Holy Child Public School, believes that teachers in schools have become very casual and take no initiative.

But with so much competition, children today need special attention. Thus, they have to rely on individuals providing tuitions. Every year, thousands fall prey to the fraud and illegal coaching centres existing in residential areas. Aakash, a student of St Francis, goes by word of mouth.

“I heard from a friend about this coaching so I am here,” he says. Manpreet Kaur a Board examinee, was not so lucky. She fell prey to one of the unreliable institutes. “The trial classes were very good, but gradually, the quality deteriorated. I was helpless, since I had already paid for whole year.”

The younger tutors lack qualifications and are generally college students out to earn a quick buck. So, though the special attention allures many students, as the exam pressure reaches a feverish pitch they finally start seeking experienced teachers to improve their scores.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 12:01 IST