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Regulatory body for coaching centres to be formed

Karachi, Sep 7: A proposal to form a regulatory body for mushroom growth of coaching centres will be forwarded to the federal education department and concerned authorities, informed sources said.

The proposal, it is said, will be sent to the federal secretary and minister education, who will be asked to adopt a policy system and the constitution of a body which will monitor the working of these centres.

In this connection, it was learnt that a meeting of the officials of the education department was held to work out policy planning. Under this, all coaching centres functioning in the city will be enlisted.

It was also suggested that education officials, chairman education boards and director colleges be consulted for adopting better modes and mechanism to curb this growing menace that was being promoted by certain mafias who wanted to commercialise education as well.

The body, it is said, will also keep an eye on the centres. It was learnt that many such centres have acquired a 'no objection' certificate for setting up the institute by concerned authorities. Sources said that these tuition centres have been opened by professors and teachers who were absent from class and forced their students to come to these centres for tuitions. The body will also ask the principals of the colleges to submit reports to the respective director colleges and schools about the performance of their teachers - whether they are giving classes or on leave.

It is common for teachers and professors to stay away from the educational institutions and concentrate on private tuition centres to mint money. Furthermore, it was said that criteria should be set for opening the tuition centre. If any centre failed to fulfil the set norms, it would be disqualified, and a penalty would be imposed.

This trend of tuition centres, the source said, has caused the standard of education to deteriorate and is a burden on parents given the exorbitant fee that is charged here. Thus, the body will also monitor the fee structure of tuition centres

It was said that the concerned officials of the education department would be consulted and suggestions on how to make education more viable so that students do not go to tuition centres will be given.

In this connection, the government will also be asked to enhance payment of teachers and only capable teachers will be appointed. Furthermore, student unions, which are controlled by their respective political parties, should be monitored to avoid any mismanagement, the source said. The news
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