The government issued a new guideline according to which private educational institutions can no longer accept students under 16 years of age, and the purpose of this new guideline is to ensure the safety and well-being of students. The main objective of the guidelines issued is to create standards for the regulation of educational centers and to improve the education quality that is being provided to students and support the curriculum, competitive exams, and research.
These private coaching centers can no longer make false claims about marks or grades in competitive exams. The guidelines state that problems related to private training centers, especially frequent student suicides, fires, lack of facilities, and teaching methods, have come to the attention of the government from time to time which made the ministry take such big steps for the welfare of the students.
The current nature of secondary school examinations, including the board and entrance examinations, and the resulting training culture nowadays have shown harmful effects therefore the Ministry of Education has decided to reform the existing teaching system and entrance exams system so that private coaching is no longer required.
The Ministry’s guidelines say that “No tuition center shall employ teachers whose qualifications are below school graduation. Private coaching centers cannot make misleading promises or assure parents of value or good grades while recruiting students to coaching centers. Educational institutions cannot accept students under the age of 16. Students must be registered only after completing secondary education.”
The Ministry of Education also emphasized the need for the registration of coaching centers and proposed minimum requirements for the management of a training center. The guidelines also state the need to protect the interests of those students who still want to enroll in training centers. The Ministry’s guidelines recommend that training centers focus on parallel activities and the all-round development of students, as well as appropriate career counseling and psychological counseling that promotes the mental well-being of students.
To implement the guidelines, the government has proposed to impose a hefty fine of Rs. 25,000 for the first violation, Rs. 1 lakh for a second violation, or deregistration of coaching centers that charge excessive fees or engage in other violations that promote student stress and suicide.
The purpose of the new regulations is to resolve serious concerns and ensure the safety and well-being of students in these coaching centers. More detailed information can be found on the official website of the Ministry of Education.