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Ban on 102 tuition centres lifted..

The directorate of school education Kashmir (DSEK) on Tuesday revoked its ban on 102 private coaching centres which will be allowed to operate from May 2.

However, the department has laid down certain conditions for the coaching centres proprietors. As per the new guidelines, the department has asked the coaching centres not to have any morning classes in their institutes. “The registered private tuition centres shall conduct the classes only in the second half after one hour of the closure of the schools as per the notified school timing,” reads the order.

As per the order, no coaching centre shall force the candidates to pay the fee dues in one installment if the amount exceeds Rs 25000 for completion of course.

“Therefore fee dues for providing tuition of short term courses shall be received by them in two installments while as it shall be three installments in case of long term courses,” the order reads, adding that the students shall be allowed to monitor and analyse the faculty, usage of facilities and material provided in the tuition centres up to max 20 days. “If the student wants to discontinue after feeling dissatisfied, with regard to all these parameters, he/she shall be refunded all his/her dues if deposited in advance.”

As per the order issued by director school education Kashmir, private coaching classes have been permitted to take private tuition classes from class 9th onwards. “This stage requires supplementary academic support through private tuition centres,” reads the order.

The number of students in a class in all the private tuition centres shall not exceed 75 students for academic tutoring and 100 for coaching classes for different entrance examinations. “However, this is subject to the condition that a space of nine square feet per student is available. Besides, projectors and proper mike system along with other requisite logistics as per the direction of High Court are installed in advance,” the order reads.

The coaching centres have been asked to hold the parent tutor meetings once in a month and share the feedback with the directorate for uploading on official website for the information of general public. “Counseling cells should be started in the interest of students and general community,” the order states.

As per the government order, most of the coaching centres don’t have waiting rooms for students forcing them to wait for classes in corridors, lanes and streets0 which is not desirable. “All coaching centre shall provide waiting room facility to the students and lectures on moral education should be given during the first fifteen minutes at the coaching centre,” the order reads.The coaching centers which have been granted permission include seven in Anantnag, one each in Kulgam and Bandipora, 15 in Baramulla, 9 in Budgam, 4 in Kupwara, 12 in Pulwama, 8 in Shopian, and 45 in Srinagar district.

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