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Coaching Culture Conundrum

The new coaching guidelines make the grey shadow education market legal.

S Srinivasa Rao writes:

The Guidelines for Regulation of Coaching Center issued by the Ministry of Education, Government of India (GoI), in January 2024, is first in many ways. This is the first time the GoI recognises and legalises the “coaching culture,” which the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 acknow­ledges as having harmful impacts in its Para 4.36. The NEP 2020 squarely puts the blame on the “nature of secondary school exams, including board exams and entrance exams” for such harmful coaching cultures. It therefore recommends reforms in the current pattern of the examination system to “eliminate the need for undertaking coaching.” Given this stress in the NEP 2020, one expected more proactive reforms in the arena of secondary school examinations as well as entrance requirements for getting into higher education institutions, but what we see surprisingly is a set of steps to legalise the very coaching culture that it derides as the cause of the malaise by granting recognition to coaching centres, by suggesting minimum standards to run a coaching institute.

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Updated On : 17th Feb, 2024
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