The recently proposed “Guidelines for Regulation of Coaching Centre 2024” emphasise that students below the age of 16 should not be enrolled in coaching centres. Moreover, the guidelines advocate for restricting coaching classes during school hours for students still attending regular classes.
Addressing the issue of misleading promises and inflated guarantees, the guidelines emphasise that coaching centres should refrain from making promises about ranks to parents and students. Additionally, the guidelines propose that tutors with qualifications below graduation should not be permitted to teach in coaching institutes.
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The document highlights the proliferation of unregulated private coaching centres across the country, citing instances of exorbitant fees, undue stress leading to student suicides, fire accidents, and various malpractices. To curb these practices, the Centre recommends penalties for coaching centres, including fines up to INR 1 lakh or cancellation of registration.
To ensure effective implementation, the guidelines propose that new and existing coaching centres should register within three months of the guidelines taking effect. The state governments will be tasked with monitoring these centres, ensuring compliance with eligibility requirements, and assessing their satisfactory operations.
Recognising the responsibility of State and UT governments in regulating +2 level education, the guidelines stress that these institutions are best regulated at the state level.
In an effort to combat the prevalent practice of misleading advertising, the guidelines explicitly prohibit coaching centres from publishing or participating in misleading claims regarding the quality of coaching, facilities, or results.
Given the rising cases of student suicide, particularly among those preparing for competitive exams, the guidelines advocate for measures to safeguard the mental well-being of students. These include mandatory weekly offs, a well-structured curriculum with suitably spaced-out classes, and a daily class duration not exceeding five hours.
The guidelines also underscore the necessity for coaching centres to maintain websites with updated information on tutor qualifications, course details, duration of completion, hostel facilities, and fees. An easy exit policy and fee refund details must also be accessible on the website. The guidelines recommend that coaching centres refund fees on a pro-rata basis within 10 days if a student decides to exit the course.
The guidelines introduce provisions for filing complaints against coaching centres before a competent authority by students, parents, or tutors. The guidelines mandate that these complaints be resolved within 30 days.
To ensure the seamless attendance of students in school, coaching classes for those still in regular school will be restricted to non-school hours. Moreover, coaching centres are encouraged to customise leaves for students, prioritising co-curricular activities, life skills, counselling from psychologists, emotional bonding, and mental well-being.
New guidelines for coaching institutes by GOI
-Coaching institutes are banned from enrolling students below 16 years of age
-Coaching institutes will have to pay refund in case of students leaving the institute
-No more misleading ads & fake promises
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The union government’s guidelines for the regulation of coaching centres aim to strike a balance between curbing malpractices, ensuring quality education, and prioritising the mental well-being of students. The comprehensive set of measures reflects a concerted effort to address the challenges posed by unregulated coaching centres and their impact on students across the country. As the guidelines come into effect, the education landscape is poised for a transformative shift towards a more regulated and student-centric approach.