Coaching Institutes : A Boon or a Bane?

Coaching is a form of development in which a person called a coach supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance. Occasionally, coaching may mean an informal relationship between two people. One of them has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the other learns. This is different as it focuses on specific skill sets rather than genralised training.

Clearing a competitive examination is not a piece of cake. It requires a lot of planning, proper preparation and consistent efforts to crack any  examination. Preparation remains the most important factor in cracking any coveted competitions. When it comes to preparation, what further complicates the matter is that, there is no surety that any single method will help them in clearing the exam. Some contenders are able to achieve success in these tests through the guidance of the coaching tutors. Some prefer self-study.

In a race to excel , coaching classes have become a resort for the improvement in a student’s academic performances. In a world where students commit suicide for not having scored a few more marks, high school and college-going students attending these classes has now become routine.

Coaching Institutes: As far as the preparation for the competitive examination is concerned, coaching institutes have always remained the first choice of the students. Today, students can avail coaching for almost every competitive examination in our country. Candidates, who clear the examination give credit for their success to the guidance of their coaching tutors. While some students are not at all satisfied with the stanadard of education offered at the coaching institutes.

Most of the coaching institutes have teachers who have prepared for competitive examinations. But these same teachers are not able to clear them as the tutors. These teachers may possess enough knowledge of the subject but they do not necessarily possess teaching skills to teach the students. This leads to substandard teaching methods.

Coaching institutes promise that they provide result oriented study material. We later come to know that the material provided is outdated and substandard.

Today, coaching classes have become the priority in the lives of students. They are simultaneously a compulsion, and at the same time criticized a lot for spoiling education, student’s lives, standard of schools etc. Due to almost all students attending coaching classes in cities, the interest of school teachers in students has now started dipping gradually.

The approach in these coaching classes is centered towards marks and better academic performance. But it is our education system which is to blame since it weighs the student’s standing on the brilliance of his score-card. It is a regular supply and demand situation in the works. Practical exams are given a sufficiently low weightage as compared to theory.

Hammering of the matter into the student’s heads by means of continuous rewriting in written or oral form has become the way most coaching classes function today. Mathematical ‘magic tricks’ are taught without the students actually understanding the reasons behind why things happen the way they do ‘magically’!

This is on the lines of the typical ‘chicken and egg syndrome’. Coaching classes have given rise to a controversy on whether the coaching classes have arisen due to inefficiency of the teachers at schools or vice versa i.e. the schools have started getting increasingly inefficient with the encroachment of coaching classes on their space.

Perhaps, this supply and demand theory is true for coaching classes also. These days coaching centers are booming and growing at a very high pace. One out of every four students in India takes private tuition. In some states more than three out of every four students opts for it. This is according to a report by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).

Highly ambitious people have turned the classes into a high revenue generating industry. Parents are getting ground into dust by paying fees at schools as well as coaching centers. But this is all in vain, as no one is concerned for the future of students.

This commercialisation of education can only be stopped if coaching classes centered towards the wholesome development of the child. It will help children as well as well as the parents.

At the same time, we will lose the huge employment created by these coaching institutes. But any intellectual society will not prefer employment at the cost what we are paying today.

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