No regulatory body for tutorial centres

No regulatory body for tutorial centres

The latest CBSE paper leak, allegedly from Ranchi, suggests tutorial institutes are implicated.

Metrolife asked around about tutorial centres in Bengaluru, and found them completely outside the jurisdiction of any overseeing authority.

The owner of a prominent tutorial centre in Bengaluru says, "No regulatory body monitors our fee structure or teaching methodology."

He believes tutorial centres have mushroomed because the quality of teaching in some CBSE schools and colleges is not good enough. "Tutorials don't have to follow RTE rules or any other government regulations," he says.

A senior teacher says the staff hired at the coaching centres are not all good either. "There's no check on the quality or the background. You don't even know if the teachers are qualified for the job," he says.

In his words, many teachers do it as "a side business."

Former primary and secondary education minister B K Chandrashekar believes the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) should have immediately contained the damage. "There was total laxity on the part of the MHRD, which kept denying there were leaks," he says.

Chandrashekar recommends two or three sets of question papers in anticipation of such emergencies. "The one intended to be the real question paper is revealed only in the exam hall. I know this system has existed and worked reasonably well," he adds.

The trimester system could take the load off students and reduce the exam-oriented attraction of tutorials, he says. "The annual "do or die" examination should be replaced with continuing assessment throughout the academic year," he says.

Chandrashekar says tutorial centres glorify themselves and advertise their achievements. "They can do anything that they think is within their reach to exploit full-page advertisements to showcase their rank list," he says.

He says there is always an incentive for tutorials to move from 'anticipated' questions to 'accessing' questions.

Police perspective

City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar says social media is now the preferred medium for question paper leaks. "Even those buying these papers are culprits," he told Metrolife.
The menace can be contained if parents and students don't fall for the scam, he says.

They will be caught

According to City Police Commisioner Suneel Kumar, those leaking question papers can be caught easily in the Internet era. "We have to write to the service providers to unearth the chain of messages on WhatsApp or Facebook. It takes time but it is not impossible to nab the culprits," he says.

Vulnerable papers

Subjects considered tough are usually vulnerable. Question papers in mathematics, economics, statistics and Hindi are the usual targets.

Tutorial fees

Tutorial centres charge between Rs 40,000 and 70,000 (for a year) for Class 10. For Class 11 and 12, they charge between Rs 70,000 and Rs 2.7 lakhs.

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