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State Pre-university Education (PUE) Department is pulling up its socks to check private coaching and tuition centers that are functioning in the state without the permission of the government. Working towards it, the department has decided to strengthen the existing rules and regulations related to private coaching and tuition. As a point of fact, the education department lacks data on the percentage of students opting for private coaching during the pre-university courses and for the Common Entrance Test (CET). So, the PUE department is collecting information about private tuitions from the students who attend the ongoing CET counseling for admissions to professional courses.
Students who appear for the counseling sessions are given a questionnaire and asked to fill. Apart from others, it has questions related to private coaching classes. Students are asked to answer questions like did they attended coaching classes for PUC and CET and for which subjects they underwent coaching. They are also asked to provide details about the coaching institutes. The students also offer their opinions on the PU examination and CET systems and suggestions for reforms.
Through this process, the PUE department aims to collect information and student feedback on private tuitions. After collating the data, the department will send it to the state government and put forth a proposal to amend the existing rules related to private coaching. "If we have specific data on how many students prefer tuitions, then it will help us strengthen the existing rules related to them," said a senior official from the department. On the issue, PUE department director Rashmi V said: "I have to review the existing rules on tuitions. Feedback about coaching classes is also a part of the questionnaire because we need to get honest feedbacks from the end users. After getting the required information we will analyse it and decide on the recommendations."
According to the existing rules, teachers of government and government-aided colleges are prohibited from taking private tuitions. "Unemployed graduates are allowed to take tuition classes after gaining the permission of the department by paying Rs. 25,000 as a registration fee. But majority of people who are taking private tuitions are unregistered," said another official. But many take private tuitions without the permission of the department. To set up a private coaching center, one has to follow the department rules. These rules are similar to those for setting up a new college. "There are specific rules about infrastructure, space, faculty, number of students in each classroom, etc," the official added. At present, the authority to grant permission to set up coaching centers is with the deputy directors of the PUE department.
Courtesy: DNA India
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