Mushroom growth of coaching centres in various places in Sylhet

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Mushroom growth of coaching centres in various places in Sylhet

Swapan Kumar Singh, Special Corresponden : The number of coaching centres has mushroomed in Sunamganj, Sylhet, Habiganj and Moulvibazar districts of Sylhet division in the recent times.
Attending coaching centers has become a social trend in our society. A student who does not attend coaching centers is considered as a geek in our modern society. In the last few years, education sector has developed tremendously in the country. The rate of students attending school, college, university has risen in many folds. As a result a sense of competition has also developed among students and parents as well. Almost every student as well as their parents is in a race to win that competition by hook or by crook. This tendency has been inspired by different coaching centers established in different upazilas of the division. Students and their parents think if students do not attend coaching centers, they will not get good grades. There were a few coaching centers here in few years back. But hundreds of coaching centers have mushroomed in various places of the division including Srimangal. The question is – are the students really benefitted by these so-called coaching centres?
There are noticeable numbers of coaching centers in every hook and corner of the division including Srimangal town. What is the main intention of these coaching centers?

To serve the students or only to do business and gain profit? In most of the cases coaching centres do not help a student that much. Rather attending the classes of coaching centre is an extra hazard for students. Though coaching centers promises many things at the time of admission but ultimately the result is zero. At the end of the day coaching centers only earn a huge amount of money from the students. Meanwhile students only attend coaching centers to make friends and to do chitchat with friends. Coaching center is a place to hangout for the teenagers. If a student wants to learn, he/she will pay attention to school classes as he/she can learn from the school classes. Coaching is not needed for them in that case. But the students are not solely responsible for such a situation. Teachers play a very important role in this case. Teachers do not pay much attention to the students in class time. Rather they influence the students to attend coaching centres. Teachers convince students that they will get better education if they attend coaching centers. teachers take these classes in the afternoon. Teachers teach the topics in detail in coaching classes, so students have no other option but to attend the coaching classes.

Moreover many teachers often under-mark students’ scripts just to force them to get admission in the coaching centres. Students are totally helpless in this case. Somehow they are being forced to attend coaching classes.
On top of that, students attend coaching centres because they can make some fuss with friends in the name of attending coaching centers. Therefore more and more students are attending coaching centers in Srimangal.

Again coaching centers are a great source of extra income for the teachers. They not only take regular classes but they also take special classes and exams for the final. The rate for these classes and exams is different and higher from regular classes.
Even a section of teachers in government or non government educational institutions are involved in various coaching centres encouraging and making status of activisties in their own facebook’s account.

According to sources the government guideline stated that teachers at schools, colleges and madrasahs would not be allowed to provide coaching and private tuition to students of their own institutions, but they may take extra classes in exchange for a fee at their relevant institution.
A student cannot be forced by teachers to attend the extra classes. It is also clearly stated in the government guidelines that teachers can in no way be involved in commercial coaching centres and are liable to be dismissed and their MPO facilities could be withdrawn in case of violation of the guidelines. But the fact is that teachers and coaching centers are not following any of these rules.
Under such circumstances it is mentionable that teachers are very much respected in our society . So they should not corrupt themselves by forcing students to join coaching classes rather they should follow the rules formulated by the government.

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December 2021