Outlawing Tuitions

Regular readers of this blog know very well that I’m 100% against tuitions, for all the damage they do at the level of both the individual student and the education system as a whole.

However, I read the following news story with mixed feelings:

DNA Karnataka Article

We knew that there was every possibility that this issue might be pursued by government, as tuitions were mentioned in the fine print of the Right to Education Act. However, until now other states have kept quiet on this and the issues like numbers of school days in a year and the working hours of teachers (also mentioned in the Act). There’s a simple, very good reason these things haven’t been mentioned and that is the massive shortage of qualified teachers and the systemic weaknesses which mean that the profession is not attracting enough candidates of decent calibre. We know from anecdotal evidence what tuition teachers are earning. If the law forces them to choose between being school teachers and being tuition wallahs many will choose the latter.

Worse, once they are no longer tied in to a school, I could see scenarios where they are now ready to give tuitions during normal school hours. So, they will tell their students, especially in the months before exams, to miss school and go to them for the tuitions. The bizarre situation would then emerge where school classes will be half empty as those children are at the tuition centre (otherwise the money paid for tuitions would be wasted!!) Also, should a school have to engage in crass ‘promotion’ to the parent and student to vie with the coaching centre, especially when the basis of most of that argument will be about false ‘promises’ of percentages to be achieved in exams.

School is the right place for children and educators. However, I’m not sure whether legislation like this achieves that as an outcome. In fact, it might even achieve the opposite!


2 Responses

  1. I 100% agree with you views on tuitions and their adverse impact on both the individual student and the education.

    In fact this problem has grown in size over the last 20 years, despite been seen as a real challenge even when I took my school leaving exams in 1989.

    I believe the growth and importance of “tuition” classes has been caused primarily due to (a) schools failing to set stringent guidelines for their teachers; (b) the quality of instructions at the school rooms; and (c) the level of pay for school teachers and their inability to make ends meet from the school pay cheques.

    While one can use cost of living and other such criteria to justify this “tuition” culture from the teachers’ perspective, I do believe it undermines educational institutions and causes long term damage to the educational culture and eco-system in the country. I hope we are able to address such fundamental issues constructive to enable a step-change in education in this country.

  2. It has become a trend with some teachers that just to get tuition and extra income they don’t concentrate individually and as a whole in class teachings ,for example in Maldives what I have given to understand that 100 percent of A and o levels students go for tuition as it has become tradition and getting encouraged by even parents too as they don’ t want to give time to their wards at home and also they feel without tuition students cannot be successful ;making education system corrupted.I personally I believe if parents concentrate at home on the teachings done at school ,their is no need for tuition.Tuition snatches creative ideas from students make complete dependent.

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