Coaching centres treat students like slaves: Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar said, “It is a cause of worry...students from Class VIII become slaves of these coaching institutes. They are being taught to only face competitive exams. The coaching institutes are promoting rote learning and not imparting actual knowledge to the students.”

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: October 17, 2017 11:20 am
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CRITICISING coaching centres, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said these centres treat students as “slaves” under the garb of training them for admission to IITs and other such prestigious institutions.

He said a decline in teaching standards in schools and colleges are also to blame for the increasing reliance on coaching centres.

Speaking at the launch of the second edition of Smart India Hackathon 2018, organised at the College of Engineering, Pune , the minister said, “It is a cause of worry…students from Class VIII become slaves of these coaching institutes. They are being taught to only face competitive exams. The coaching institutes are promoting rote learning and not imparting actual knowledge to the students.”

Maintaining that teaching is now limited to textbook-learning, he said, “Very few teachers like to be asked questions, and this has prevented overall understanding of subjects and learning…. This is the reason coaching centres are getting stronger,” he said.

The Smart India Hackathon is an initiative of the HRD Ministry, along with the All-India Council of Technical Education. It is aimed at involving the country’s engineering students on working to find solutions to issues plaguing the society. Last year, nearly 10,000 engineering students, mostly from private institutes, had attempted to address 598 problem statements put forth by various state governments and ministries.

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  1. S
    Oct 18, 2017 at 6:11 am
    Mr.Javadekar, The question is what are you and your government doing about it? Do you have a road map of reforms to be implemented in education sector, right from primary school level to University level? How are you going to make various states implement those reforms? You are merely stating something that every Indian knows. But, only you and your colleagues including your boss Mr.Modi are in a position to make something happen in this all important sector. Your government is squandering away the golden opportunity that the people of India gave your party. We have seen absolutely nothing from Ms. Irani and then now you are taking a piece meal approach to this sector instead of bringing in sweeping reforms. Please put a road map in front of people of India and tell us how you plan on changing this sector positively over the next 3, 5 and 10 years and make education a truly enjoyable experience for all kids of India.
    1. I
      Oct 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm
      Coaching centres thrive largely because Indians are fixated on sending their children to professional courses. I don't blame them as I wish the same. But since a difference of just one or even a half-mark can make the difference between a medical seat, and the dreaded arts college, parents and students are leaving no stones unturned in their quest to secure a professional seat. The students who end up losing are not all that different in abilities from those who are chosen, but since a chasm separates professionals from other vocations, the fear of failure above all else fuels these tuition centres. We all know of kids who spend two years, their entire holidays and sundays, from the tenth class onwards studying for both the engineering and medical exams. A pitiful life indeed for these kids.
      1. S
        Oct 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm
        I appreciate the comment of Mr. Prakash Javdekar. My observation is the Coaching Centres are thriving because of the peer pressure among parents. And the system of education whether it is private or government school. It is not fair to blame the teachers for this. Teaching now a days, is just one part of the activity and documentation has become a major work for them. Target achievement - The syllabus is also to blame for this. The more the merrier. I was aghast looking at the syllabus of a 5th grade student. Add to this the pressure of Olympiads and other compe ive exams. Other than rote learning nothing is possible for the children. Who is to blame for this? Not only the coaching centre. Definitely not the teachers. The fathers and mothers of the syllabus. I think without politics being involved, a proper framework has to be made. Education system is going down the hill.
        1. Fekuchand fenydas
          Oct 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm
          NDA govt is treating the people as their slaves too. They go on increasing the taxes as they please. They ignore Dalits, Tribal Minorities while implementing welfare schemes. They target against the opponents but dont notice the economic crimes of their own like Jay Amit Shah. This feku govt is surviving only on the false promises ic Fekuwad.
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            Santosh Sinha
            Oct 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm
            Absolutely right, sir !! Inspite of this open secret, these "concentration camps" keep flourishing more and more, every passing year. Precious little other than lip service seems to have been done. And we continue to condemn and consign our children to such " s"
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