Pune: Though private coaching classes across the State had strongly condemned many clauses in the proposed Maharashtra Private Coaching Regulation Bill, 2018, they have been now relieved of many of the supposedly strangulating clauses after interaction with authorities from the Education Department.
However, two of the main issues raised by the classes, regarding regulation of fees and upper limit on number of students per batch, haven’t yet been sorted out.
On Monday, Prof Bandopant Bhuyar, President, Professional Teachers Association, said, “The government agreed that as a regulatory bill is being imposed on private classes, they will no longer be purely commercial entities. Further, the Education Department has agreed that we won’t have to provide students and parents with waiting rooms, considering the meager amount of time they spend waiting at the classes. Apart from those institutes that have place and provisions for a parking lot, none of the others will be forced to provide it.”
He added that while earlier only private coaching institutes training students for professional courses after Std XII were part of the bill’s draft, now all sorts of coaching classes, except hobby classes (art, swimming, etc.), will be included in the regulatory act.
“While a clause earlier stated that we need to pay 5 per cent of our revenue to the government towards the Education Development Fund, now we will have to pay 1 per cent of the profit of the coaching class. Also, now our inspection as well as renewal of licences will be done every three years,” Bhuyar said.
Sakal Times earlier reported that private coaching classes found the draft of the proposed bill strangulating, and predicted that the implementation of such an act could lead to shutting down of private coaching classes.
“Coaching classes work as a parallel education system to help students. However, unlike schools, students and parents have the right to choose whether they want to attend these classes or not. We are commercial, profit making entities and the government cannot strangle our rights,” Prof Chandrashekhar Behere of Behere’s Classes said. Prof Girish Joshi of Ekatvam Academy said, “We are aware of our social responsibility and if the government starts e-classes for students we are ready to contribute there, without even taking any remuneration or credit.”
Coaching class owners are now hopeful that like the other clauses, clauses about fees and number of students will also be resolved. “If they don’t allow us to charge adequate fees, we will not be able to appoint good trainers, which will then affect the quality of education we provide. Coaching institutes in places like Kota, Hyderabad, etc. are flourishing as they get full autonomy in these cities, which leads to a high number of students clearing competitive exams. We are not against the act, but we hope that the clauses are designed in ways that they don’t hamper students,” Joshi added.