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In my opinion, coaching has its own uses and disadvantages.

If we talk about the classes I to VIII, there really is not such a big need for a separate trainer to coach the student. We must understand that a coach or a trainer is required to prepare the student for some major examination. So when we talk about our school system, the major examinations begin only from class IX. Coaching institutes definitely do a great job at making the student run. They try to make sure the result shows up. Thats their only job.

The school studies are quite sufficient in terms of their content and number of periods allotted for preparation for the examination at hand. Most of the teachers in schools also have sufficient knowledge to train the student for the exams. So it is not really the lack in value addition from the school system that is to be blamed for growth in the number of coaching setups these days.
It is something else.

The student has been trained to go to school as part of a regular routine. He has to go to school whether he makes use of that time or not. And, as far as preparation for examination is concerned, there is coaching or tuition in the evening. So the student makes this a routine… to go to school unprepared, come back empty headed as if nothing really happened there with some homework to be done, and then tries to get real value from the coaching. Even the student is not to be blamed here.

In fact, there is no place where ‘what is the right way to prepare for your life and examinations?’ is taught. The school and coaching are only aids to prepare the child for the exam, and both do their duties quite satisfactorily, but thats not all. The student in the early years has to be taught HOW to study, WHEN to study, HOW MUCH to study, how to MANAGE TIME and WHY to study at all. What he should expect from the school and what from coaching. This training, everyone thinks is not useful and time wasting. But I surely feel that if I was given this training in my childhood, I would have saved a lot of my own time and would have been more happy and stress free.

As I said, school does bring in its own value. So the student must focus hard on whatever is being taught in school (for school studies), and then put all focus in the evening in coaching (for competitive examinations). Arts, science, commerce, it does not matter. There are competition exams in every stream now-a-days.

For choosing the right institute, one should only look at how near the coaching is to ones house and how much time is he going to spend there (because self study is the most important thing). Cost should never be the criteria. Time is everything, once lost, never comes back. Money lost, comes back.

While going to school, the student must prepare well for the class thats going to be held in school in advance. So much so, that the student must do a thorough reading of the chapter thats going to be taught in school and take his doubts (whatever was not clear) to the school to ask the teacher. If this is done by the student regularly, performance of the student will improve drastically.


  • madhusudan February 18, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    A topic which is very close to my heart. What is the education that we pursue, does it really help the children to grow on the skills required by the industry. Why is it that if a child likes to play football does’nt get equal opportunities to be considered equally worth ?

    why is the school bag so heavy, revision…why is that every student has to go for a tuition to see that they pass or get good grades…why has it become essential ? Is it the inefficiency of the schools or the system…why can’t the syllubus be much more comprehensive than what it is today.

    I guess overall the education system is only considered as a business unit than bringing our talent. Let’s take examples of the teachers, you pay teachers 5k-10k ? they never get trained on the new technology, they never get trained …does this happen with the corporate world ? Education if it can be corporatised or create structures which can challenge the deficiencies today can be a different experience to the child. Consider it as a consumer market where the child is the consumer and the seller is the school. Do I really get what I pay for as of today ? Schools are just minting money, lets take an example : 30k-40k average per admission every year i.e. 40k * 300 students = 1.2 crs. The money gets invested into assets such as buses, building etc. School has also become a retail sqft game, the more the campus, the more the students and more the money. But have they invested on training, have they invested on a good library for children, facilities, ensure to nurture creativity in children ????

    We are still too far away from what we need to create. If you want to see an India superpower in the next 10 years, we need to invest and nurture basics…

    cheers !!

  • ashish jain April 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Interesting points and it could well be turned into a very interactive discussion forum.

    Few points made above are correct but are independent of each other.

    Is coaching essential…yes, no doubt, its a competetive world, school teaching is not enough…besides in limited time that the school has, they are not able to provide complete subject knowledge. Hence coaching centre fill those gap.

    But I object to the school teachers taking tutions at home for their own tought students, basically “blackmailing” parents and students to undertake tutions from them only, for material gains, i.e. earn more money. In this process the education gets compromised, as the teacher has to pass the “tutored” student as they have taken their private tution, even if the student does not deserve it. I can continue to reel out the dis-advantages to school teachers taking tutions, but we all understand the fact with reagrds to the home tutions.
    This does not mean that the teacher is not good, but the teacher should be barred from taking the tutions of their own students.

    secondly, yes the schools are becoming money spinning machines, but the sporting talent cannot be nurtured at schools, their are seperate schools for them, lets face it, there is more competetion in sports than in academics and you need to be really exceptional in the field to make a decent living.

    Yes the teachers needs to be trained, but their is something called self training also, for eg. in corporate world if i want to “jump”, I will go for MBA and other career enhancing courses at my own will and money…same, perhaps, apply to teaching field also..we cannot always blame the system…

    I donot agree that we are too far away..in fact we are known in the world right now for our brain power (software skill, analytical skills, sound theoritical knowledge, etc..), which has earned a lot of long due repect for Indians. It is basically our education system, which emphasises on the sound theory and presence of very very keen competetion in the society, bringing the best in every student, making them fighting smart…in every situation…

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  • Content Writing India January 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    The education system in the country is one of the worst going around and most private schools and colleges considered it a money making scheme more than anything else. I like your insights and i tend to agree with many things that you have written.

  • raj September 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    childhood is also important living life is more than money making…
    I think coaching from 9th is senseless one should give freedom to enjoy his/her childhood rather than forcely sitting in an coaching institute…

  • kaustav December 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    i want to know whether i should go for a private tuition or in a group of 4-5 children or coaching institutes for preparation of competitive exams like iit jee,aieee,etc.

  • apoorva jindal July 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    i wan”t to ask that i m in ix class .so,i should start taking coaching from now only or firstly i should clear my basics????

  • megha verma July 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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  • megha verma July 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    hay friends it was just a joke. i really like the content.i have a DEBATE on this issue

  • admin August 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

    There is no point of taking coaching classes in Class IX-X.
    Even in Class XI-XII, you should first clear the basics by reading the textbooks before going for higher-level, problem solving practice through coaching.
    Focus on cracking the school results.

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