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13 January, 2018 12:44:31 AM
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No coaching on Fridays, Saturdays in Barisal: DC

Staff Reporter, Barisal
No coaching on Fridays, Saturdays in Barisal: DC

The Barisal district administration has decided to stop teaching activities in all coaching centres and educational institutions of the district, including the city, on Fridays and Saturdays for the sake of children.  DC Barisal MD. Habibur Rahman held a meeting in this regards with the heads of educational institutions, civil society, and related government officials. The DC said to control the coaching business in the greater interest of children, the district administration would take more steps in this regards soon.
He said children had to be freed from continuous coaching to let them have time to get involved art and culture, sports, and other social activities. The order would come into force from January 12, he said. Anyone found violating the order would be punished, he warned.

The DC also made it clear that any guardian found forcing children to attended coaching classes on Fridays and Saturdays would also be

punished. The meeting decided that the authorities of all educational institutions and coaching centres would involve children in taking part in sports and creative activities like cultural programmes on every Friday and Saturday by suspending their coaching classes.

At the meeting it was also decided that the authorities of educational institutions and coaching centres must organise mothers’ meetings in this regards. The meeting also stressed that all teachers should be sincere during teaching in classes.   A special team would monitor the implementation of the decision. If needed, mobile courts would held to ensure the successful implementation of the order, Barisal DC office sources said.

Hundreds of children expressed joy after hearing the news. Arifur Rahman, Nur Uz Zaman and Taosif Ahmed, students of Shahin Coachin centre said that they had been freed from a horrible situation. Now they would start practising different games, mainly cricket, they added.

Mahunur Begum and Abu Toyab, both guardians of children studying at Shahin Shikkha Poribar, welcomed the decision of the district administration.  They said the DC was the head of all government school and it was also his duty to monitor them and improve their educational standard.

They said if teachers taught properly in schools, there would be no need for them to send their children to coaching centres.

But they added that the end of coaching classes on Fridays and Saturdays was mainly good news for teachers, and not for the guardians, because the teachers of the coaching centres did not consider taking fees for these days.

Azizul Islam, a partner of Choya Coaching Centre, said the owners of all coaching centres in the city must follow the decision of the district administration.

Different children’s organizations in the city welcome the decision. Kazi Selina, secretary of the Barisal unit of Khelaghar, said coaching should be stopped altogether and not just on two days a week, to save children.  During a visit to the city, this reporter found that over 200 coaching centres were being run with the direct indulgence of teachers and even the support of school managing committees.

About six thousand children are coached in these centres to prepare them for the admission tests of various government schools, Barisal University, JSC, PSC, SSC and HSC examinations, and medical and engineering collage tests.

A section of junior doctors and senior students of the medical college run their medical coaching centres in different parts of the city.  Children are badly affected by this mad race for coaching. The coaching centres start from early morning and continue up to 11pm every night. A large number of government school and college teachers openly run their business. They have opened their centres in their houses, rented building, and even school classrooms. The head of a coaching centre said that a section of mothers were very keen to send their children to coaching centres.

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