Yesterday, a lady whose son passed her class 10 this year met me at the washroom and I asked her ‘Are your son’s admissions done?’ she was like which admissions and I was a bit perplexed..I told her Class 11 admissions..
She smiled and said ‘ its junior college here so we call it FYJC (first year junior college) yaa they are done but the classes have not yet started..of course the tutions have started…
RM: oh so he is taking tutions for class 11 is it…
Lady: oh yes…class 11, class 12, CET all admissions done in the tutions
RM: oh is it?
RM: 1.28…is that like a code for all three combined?
Lady: no 1.28 lakhs are the tuition fees for all three combined
and RM fell down..literally on the floor…I couldnt believe this…freaking 1.28 lakhs for tutions…and this is if there are 60 students in the class..if you want a class of 25, then its about 2.5 lakhs…I was shocked…can you believe it?
and on top of that..most tuition classes insist on combined tutions for class 9 and 10 and then for class 11 and 12..so if you dont want tuitions in class 9, you dont get that in class 10..and then there are tuition homework and blah blah blah and so much that most students dont attend the school/college classes…they just attend the tutions..
I was super shocked…I knew tutions are basically a parallel school now but I didnt realise the fees were so staggering..and parents basically have to produce PDCs (Post dated cheques) to the tuition classes which usually recover the entire amount in three months..so if the classes start in July, by Sept end all the fees is given to them..which by the way is for the next 3 years!
I didnt take tutions for my class 10…I was the only student in whole school of english medium section A + B and Gujarati medium sections A to F who didnt take tutions…and I was often a subject of discussion because of that…but my parents were pretty clear that if I couldnt manage with my school teaching what additional stuff could I do with tutions…here I must admit that my school teachers were definitely extra helpful in correcting extra papers that I solved, my mom’s school teachers would give me tips on better presentations, etc etc and I passed out with pretty decent marks..okie lemme brag a little, I topped my school…that too without tutions..
however, I felt really out of place and insisted that my parents put me for tutions in my class 12…they agreed with a lot of reluctance (and some amount of pressure from my friends’ parents on how their child will miss out on that extra bit of coaching) but my mom asked me to select one subject in which I wouldnt take tutions and I selected biology..can you believe I came 10th in my school in class 12 but topped the school in biology with the highest personal score of mine in biology…yes that was again without tutions..
I am all in favor for additional help in form of tuitions for children who really need it..the one on one extra interaction between a teacher (who need not teach in a school) and a student who needs that extra bit of attention…if its needed, I all for it..tomorrow if my child needs it, I am ready to give that tuition bit to her..
but tuition classes, which are like parallel schools in themselves, where 60 to 70 students sit in a closed small classroom and study exactly like they do in school, where they have exams, a parallel syllabus (your school syllabus may not match with your tuition syllabus meaning you will need to study double if you want to pass your school’s 1st and 2nd terminal exams) different question papers, some tuition classes even offer bus services similar to school and on top of that you shell out 10 times the money which you pay to school and your child doesnt even attend the school lectures…how can such an educational system sustain..isnt it wrong?
I can understand if some students within the class need to be worked upon..need an extra bit to push them to study..but if everyone from toppers to last, start attending tutions whats the difference between tutions and school..you may as well attend tutions only na?
I am not against any tuition teachers or tuition classes as long as they are on a personal basis and one on one level…what irks me is these tuition classes..and its becoming a fad…
I mean, I took tuitions in class 12 only because I didnt want to be the odd one out..if you know what I mean….there was no other reason infact a lot of my school teachers used to take tutions..and so most of us ended up going there..so you have the school teacher hardly teaching in school but teaching well in the tuition classes..again this is nothing against school teachers..my mom is one and I know that most of them get paid a pittance…most teachers take up tutions as an additional source of income…but tuition classes which are like full fledged schools, sorry I dont agree to those…
and honestly with 60 students in one class, how is it different from school? you take tutions to get that extra attention to yourself to enhance your studies, but then if you go to a class, what is the point ? its like same set of students except without an uniform! and in some cases, same set of teachers as well!
Again, I will be eating up my own words when R starts proper school and demands to go to these classes…like my parents, I will have to succumb to the demands..but the amount of money that goes with these classes, I think I will need to start saving now..RD are you listening?