In the latest move against coaching centres that act as a deterrent for children going to school, UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi has issued directions that no private coaching centre in the city would remain open from 8 am to 3 pm. The notification released by the administration also said that teachers of several government and private schools are involved in the coaching business. The order would come into force from July 1 to August 29.
“These coaching centres are involved in the business of giving tuition to schoolchildren and their tuition timings clash with the school time, which act as a deterrent for children going to school,” said Joshi.
Following these inputs, the UT Deputy Commissioner, by exercising the powers vested under Section 144 of CrPC, directed that all the private coaching centres within the jurisdiction of Chandigarh shall not render coaching to school going children from the specified timing in public interest for a period of 60 days. Those students who have already appeared in final exams or passed out from schools are exempted.
While it is evident that the decision will prevent children from attending classes at private coaching centres but it would be hard for the administration to keep tabs on private coaching centres. In the past, too, similar orders were issued but the management failed to keep a check on malpractices.
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