It is a burning question of the day whether private tuition should be stopped or be continued in its present shape. Some say that it should be stopped without any further delay and some others still plead for it. We must say that the system of private tuition has some merits as well as some demerits and we must analyse the situation before coming to a conclusion over the point.
At present we see that the schools and colleges are over-burdened with the roll-strength of the students. In most cases, there are more than one hundred students in a classroom and it becomes practically impossible for a teacher to give individual attention to each and every pupil. Naturally, most of the students are compelled to take individual help and guidance from private tutors. In fact, not only the average students but also the toppers in Madhyamik and Higher Secondary Examinations and the rankers in Joint Entrance Examination confess that they have to seek the help of private tuition for their success in the track-field of rat-race. Undoubtedly, such a situation has been created mainly for three reasons-(i) lack of infrastructure in schools and colleges, (ii) ambition of the guardians of the students, (iii) lack of sincerity of a section of the teachers.
Teachers are now getting a fat salary in comparison with their poor predecessors. And it should be treated as a crime if they still hanker after money by private coaching neglecting their main duties in the classroom. It is also a social crime if we see that the students are being mentally handicapped for lack of self-confidence and tendency of dependence on their private tutors. Of course, a section of the teachers—not the whole community—are responsible for this. Yet it is high time to feel the pulse of the public, and the teachers, students and guardians should come forward to abolish this system of private tuition which is going on indirectly as condemnable as dowry system in the educational field.
Finally, we must admit that it may not be uprooted so long the infrastructure, especially the student-teacher ratio in schools and colleges, is improved.