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Coaching business: The problem is deep-rooted

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THE High Court on Thursday upheld the government policy framed in 2012 to stop "coaching business" by the teachers of government and private educational institutions. The verdict said that there is no illegality in "Shikkha Protishthaner Shikkhokder Coaching Banijjya Bondho Neetimala-2012", and the policy is valid in the eyes of law, as it was framed in line with the relevant law. Coaching badly impacts on the mind of students and their guardians but without devising an alternative strategy, the system would be self-firing.
The policy prohibits teachers of government and non-government schools, colleges and madrasas from giving private tuition during school hours. According to the policy, a teacher can at best teach 10 students of other institutions a day upon prior permission from his/her head of the institution. S/he will also have to notify the school Head about the students and furnish the Head with the students' class and roll numbers in black and white. Teachers can, however, take remedial classes for weaker students only on request from guardians, and the head of the institution would arrange such classes. In a totalitarian manner, the policy said that for extra classes, a student of Metropolitan areas will be charged Tk 300 per month for each subject and that of District Towns and Upazila levels Tk 200 and Tk 150 respectively. The head of the institution can reduce or waive the fees for poor students.
The coaching centres or private tuition has become inseparable from education in the country.  It's true that, the informal form of education continues to dominate the lives of students despite the government's pledge to outlaw the practice.
Where an education system struggles with creativity, a classroom where grades supersede learning, the education system where becomes commercial, teachers where followers of different political philosophies; in that situation the students don't find any alternative way except going to coaching centres. The problem is deep-rooted.

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