High competition sends even students who can’t afford tuition classes
PANJIM: A decade ago private tuitions were only for a few students who were academically weak and could afford the fees. Today private tuitions have become an integral part of the education system, with students across the State regularly going for private tuitions, sometimes in every subject even from Class I.
Teachers say that the fast-changing competitive world is forcing students to attend private coaching classes after school hours, while parents say that in schools with over 50 students in each class teachers are not able to concentrate on each student and that is the major reason for students to attend private tuitions.
“Private tuitions classes or coaching classes have become an integral part of the student’s life. In recent times academically bright students and weak students all attend extra coaching classes, be it in the early morning or after school hours. I feel a major reason is competiveness. Students want to get into premier institutions and they feel school teaching is not enough,” said a school teacher.
Parents and teachers also said that most students are shy in class and that stops them from seeking answers to difficulties they have and with students in private tuitions being fewer, it is easier for these students to ask questions.
A parent Vinisha Kerkar said, “I have put my daughter, who is currently in Class VII, for private tuitions because as parents we worry that children might not study at home when parents are not around. I think most parents will agree on this.”
“Most parents enroll their children for private tuitions because they believe that a child will not be able to score that well as they compare the marks of the previous performances of the children with the current after going for coaching classes,” said a mathematics teacher from a reputed school.
There is also the belief that private tuitions and coaching classes, are gaining importance at the cost of schools, wherein schools are there to conduct examinations and the teaching and knowledge a student attains is from the tuition classes.
Not everybody would agree to this. “These tuition classes only help students with short cut methods and tricks to crack top entrance exams, neglecting the main subjects. It is just selling tricks for high rates in the name of tuition fee while students are only dependent on these tuition notes and thus forget the importance of the concept and self study. In schools we teach proper concepts and not shortcuts,” said a secondary teacher from Mapusa
However, some claim that these coaching classes are business centers, and have nothing to do with students once they are out of their class.