In a bid to stem frequent demonstrations by students across Kashmir and force their attendance at schools, the government Sunday ordered closure of private tuition centres for three months, a move that could further anger students and parents alike.
“We are not against them (tuition centres) but we will see how class work will start in schools. Till that time coaching centres will be requested and also an order will be issued for their closure for 90 days,” education minister, Mohammad AltafBukhari said.
The closure order however exempts tuition centres for competitive exams like NEET and JEE, and for students who have passed standard 12.
The decision was taken following relentless and widespread student protests across Kashmir over the horrific gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua that prompted government to frequently order schools shut.
Bukhari announced the sweeping order at a meeting with chief education officers (CEOs) and principals of higher secondary schools at Banquet Hall here.
During the meeting, most of the school principals complained that students going for private tuitions in morning hours arrive late at their respective schools where they are then often disallowed entry.
“These students assemble outside schools and stage protests,” a principal said at the meeting.
Bukhari said the district administrators will be asked to ensure the order for temporarily closing tuition centres is implemented.
“Director School Education Kashmir will submit list of government school teachers, masters and lecturers working in private tuition centres,” the minister said.
Bukhari said the decision was also taken for smooth functioning of schools.
“We were discussing distractions of students and as per the feedback received tuition centre is one of the distractions, so we decided to close them for 90 days.” He said, adding the decision will be reviewed on fortnightly basis.
Bukhari sought regular feedback from heads of educational institutions so that appropriate decisions could be taken on time. The minister also asked them to treat students as their own children.