University and medical coaching centres, which are involved in making the students prepared for admission to higher educational institutions, are doing brisk business.
In the name of providing better lessons to university and medical college admission seekers, the coaching centres are charging huge amount of money from the students, alleged guardians and educationists.
Sources said students are booking their seats in the coaching centres as many coaching centres are giving them the assurance of admission. Most of the coaching centres do not provide quality teaching to the prospective university students.Before admission, the coaching centres assure the students of providing quality tuition, but the fact is that they do not provide such education. Under such a situation, the students who take admission to the coaching centres become frustrated, but they do not have any alternative option as they have already paid their full tuition fees.
“Admission seekers who are going to sit for the HSC examinations this year have already booked their seats in coaching centres. Many students, however, have reserved their seats of the desired coaching centres, fearing that they will not get seats in the expected coaching centres after final examinations,” said Mahmudul Huq, a HSC candidate living in the capital.
There are allegations that students who take admission in coaching centres are under pressure of paying full tuition fees at a time. The students who fail examinations do not get back the tuition fees as they have to pay the fees at the time of admission before results. On many occasions, many students do not know whether they will pass the examinations, but they take admission to the coaching centres.
Most of the students nowadays consider that coaching is the best option for them to have good preparations for the admission test of the higher academic institutions. Accordingly, the coaching centres are getting a very good number of students before the final examinations. They are publishing various advertisements in the newspapers with various offers to get students. Admission seekers are also being allured to see such admission offers of the coaching centres, said Aminul Islam, a guardian.
Talking to daily sun, a number of students who are now studying at different public universities said there is a huge difference between the board examinations and admission tests. The admission test is completely different for which students are to depend on the coaching centres for admission purposes. And in such a way, the coaching centres get huge students. A student has to know ins and outs of a book for the admission test, but they do not go through the book during their studies for board examinations. The teachers, however, do not pressure them to study details in the classrooms; rather, many teachers who are involved with coaching inspire their students to coaching or private tuition.
Mohammad Saleheen, a student of a public university outside the capital, said students’ dependency on coaching centres would reduce by 50 percent if admission tests of universities are held immediately after the exam results. And the board results have to be published within one month of the exams. Besides, the academic studies have to be freed from exam-centric education.
He said teachers also have to be more sincere in their classroom education. And the creative education has to be given more importance, he said.
Nazmus Sakib, another public university student in the capital, said students of remote areas are mostly influenced by their friends to take admission to the coaching centres as most of the students do not have the idea of admission process of different universities.
Many academic institutions are also giving the concept of coaching to the students as many teachers are earning money doing coaching in the educational institutions and privately. Thus, students are becoming more interested in coaching, he said.
This correspondent tried to talk a number of coaching officials but they did not feel interested in talking about the allegations against coaching centres. Many of them disagreed that they do not charge money at a time.
They said their coaching centres conduct classes by skilled teachers as they assure admission seekers earlier of quality education. Even they give back money if any student fails examinations.
Abdur Rouf, an office staff of Retina Coaching Centre in the city, said, “We do not provide any guarantee. We basically do medical coaching. Students can pay Tk 16,000 on several occasions. Now discount of Tk 2000 is going on for admission to our coaching.”
Abdus Salam, manager of Focus Coaching Centre in the capital, said, “With a lump sum amount of money, students are booking their seats. Dhaka University students take the classes at our coaching centre.”
Asked about different anomalies of the coaching centres, Amir Hossain, an official of Primet Coaching, said, “We do not charge money at a time. We return money back if any student fails the examinations.”
“If you have any particular complaint, then inform it to the administrative officer,” he told this correspondent over phone and did not interested to talk more.
About the anomalies of the coaching centres and students’ dependency on coaching centres, educationists have expressed their concerns.
They said nowadays coaching centres are not only engaged with private tuition. Schools and colleges are also involved with coaching. If the trend of coaching continues, the standard of education will not be improved. Besides, the young generation, the future citizens of the country, is being spoilt due to coaching based education. Thus they are losing their creativity. The coaching centres are doing education business. The government should come forward in this regard.
Prof Husne Ara Begum, director of Institute of Education and Research at Dhaka University, said, “Many guardians are thinking that the coaching centres will help their children study a lot. We are forcing students to depend on coaching centres. They are studying in a selected way. They are not getting scope to think individually.”
Prof Dr Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury of Department of Sociology at Dhaka said earlier there were no coaching centres, students then studied books thoroughly. Nowadays students are not interested to read books properly. Even, the teachers have got engaged in coaching. Students can do better in the admission tests if they read text books properly, she said.