Coaching nexus and declining mainstream education

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Mayank Goel, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Coaching industry seemed to have turned into an educational mafia of sorts and it needed to be tamed, says an NGO functionary working for the education of deprived children in Jaipur. Not only the suicides by students have continued despite the patch work measures by the government after a spate of suicides by students in their late teens at the coaching hub Kota in Rajasthan.

Presently, coaching industry gives its teachers a much higher pay package and tends to poach on the best teachers by offering higher pay they are getting presently. Thus, the best teachers of mainstream education get out the system lowering its quality.

The flourishing coaching industry implies a deliberate attempt by the coaching mafia to sabotage mainstream education. Even teachers working in educational institutions coax students for tuition and coaching by them. This is cheating with the teaching profession and making education a commodity at ‘coaching shops’.

Unfortunately, the cut-throat competition and high-package of salary through campus selection have turned even many private institutions into coaching centers on the sly. Education has lost its psycho-social character; become a business and a bingo and betting game for coaching mafia to thrive. The New Education Policy must take notice of this scenario and stress improvement in teacher development and classroom processes.



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