Two leading pvt. coaching institutes at war of posters, students baffled

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Port Blair
26 May 2018

A survey by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in 2016 took the veil off what is called the shadow education system — private coaching and tuition, outside and parallel to the mainstream education system. The survey estimated more than 7.1 crore students taking private coaching or tuitions, almost 26 per cent of the total number of students in the country. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is no exception.  Coaching classes here have become a part of a student’s daily routine in the recent years. The popularity of these classes has increased manifold and the trend, once considered vexing by parents, is now utterly unavoidable. Mushrooming of private coaching centres in these islands particularly the capital city is testimony to the assertion. But stiff and increasing competition between private coaching institutes seems to be putting the future of students in these islands at risk.
Two leading private coaching institutes of the city were found engaged in a war of posters on Saturday leaving students baffled. Gyan Kendra at Goal Ghar displayed a banner at its premises stating that one Ajeet Kumar Sharma is a qualified tutor in chemistry with an excellent academic record, while Chanakya Kendriya Vidyalaya, School Line put up a huge poster opposite Gyan Kendra claiming to have ousted Ajeet Kumar Sharma from the institute. “We’re well experienced and dedicated  in teaching and providing accurate knowledge to our students, but Ajeet Kumar Sharma doesn’t possess accurate knowledge in chemistry and we cannot allow such person, who is only money minded and doesn’t care about the knowledge of students. As such, we have removed him from our institute and there is no relation between Chanakya Kendriya Vidyalaya and Ajeet Kumar Sharma, ex-faculty of Aakash Institute,” read the banner at Goal Ghar.
“We’re shocked after our children told us about the huge posters displayed at Goal Ghar and other locations of the city. Rivalry between two private coaching centres has left our wards confused over the state of affairs in the two institutes, both of which have huge enrolment and parents spend thousands of rupees anticipating better education of their children. With Schools, especially the ones run by the government, are showcasing great results in the 10th and 12th CBSE Board exams, private coaching institutes claim kudos for the same. But such bitter rivalry between private coaching institutes is never expected. The authorities should take a strong note and initiate appropriate steps to prevent such actions that dents students’ morale,” said some parents of Junglighat.