Editorial: The Adverse Effect of School Teachers' Private Tuitions on the Education System in India

By - Rajeev Kumar, Editor-in-chief, Gram Samachar
The education system in India is facing a significant crisis, and one of the primary reasons is the widespread practice of school teachers giving private tuitions to students of the same school where they are employed. This practice is not only unethical but also has a detrimental impact on the education system as a whole. The situation has become so dire that it has become common for teachers to force students to take their tuitions, threatening to deny them good marks in internal assessments if they refuse.

This practice is a clear violation of the principles of academic integrity and professionalism. Teachers are supposed to provide quality education to their students, not exploit them for personal gain. By forcing students to take their tuitions, teachers are creating a culture of dependency and manipulation, rather than encouraging critical thinking and self-learning.

Furthermore, this practice is also a violation of the rights of students. Article 21-A of the Indian Constitution guarantees free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 6 and 14. However, when teachers force students to take their tuitions, they are essentially denying them this fundamental right. Moreover, the Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009, specifically prohibits commercialization of education, which includes the practice of private tuitions by teachers.

The consequences of this practice are far-reaching. Students who are forced to take their teachers' tuitions often feel pressured and stressed, leading to a lack of motivation and interest in learning. This can result in poor academic performance and decreased self-esteem. On the other hand, students who cannot afford these tuitions are at a disadvantage, as they are denied access to quality education.

The Indian government has taken several measures to address this issue. The Supreme Court has issued several judgments against private tuitions by teachers, including a 2012 judgment that prohibits teachers from taking private tuitions during school hours. Additionally, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also issued guidelines against private tuitions by teachers.

However, despite these efforts, the practice continues unabated. It is high time that the government takes concrete measures to address this issue. This includes strengthening regulations and laws that prohibit private tuitions by teachers, as well as increasing transparency and accountability in the education system.

In conclusion, the practice of school teachers giving private tuitions to students of the same school where they are employed is not only unethical but also has a detrimental impact on the education system in India. It is essential that we address this issue urgently and ensure that our education system prioritizes quality education over personal gain.

References:

1. The Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009

2. Supreme Court Judgment (2012)

3. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Guidelines

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