AGARTALA: Terming private tuition as ‘illegal business’, Tripura Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Bhanulal Saha on Saturday asked the government school teachers to focus in classroom teaching rather than in their private coaching centers. “A section of teachers, also known as social reformers are found indulged in practicing private tuition. The teachers must impart lessons in the classroom rather than spending hours in their own
coaching centers. It is their sole responsibility to develop education system in the classroom,” the minister said during an inter-school debate competition at Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan in Agartala today evening.
Later, referring to the students, Saha said that a student can achieve success without opting for private tuition. “Apart from classroom, spending 5-6 hours in preparing lessons everyday is enough for a student to score good marks in the examinations. There is no need to go for private coaching,” the ICA minister said. Taking a serious concern over the mushrooming private tuition by the government and government-aided schools, the High Court of Tripura asked the Chief Secretary and secretary of Education Department to file an affidavit whether the government has taken any action to ban
Based on a letter, Chief Justice of the High Court – Deepak Gupta took a suo motto case against a section of government and government aided
teachers and said that the private tuition is completely against the spirit of Right to Education Act. It is also against the spirit to Right to Education included in the Constitution.
Besides, the bench also issued separate notices to principals of 16 private schools asking them to file affidavits mentioning its stand on the issue.
The court said despite ban on private tuition under Right to Education Act, shops are opened for private tuitions prompting poor guardians to keep private tutors for their children.
Earlier, the court had issued a circular banning private tuition few years back, but the state government didn’t pay any heed to it.