Extra Tuitions Become a Crutch
It wasn’t too long ago when taking extra tuitions was considered embarrassing to one’s intellect and a mother would take pains to coach the child at home, do the homework with him/her, and avoid external help as much as possible. Today the opposite is true. Tuitions is not “extra” help or practice, it’s not ADDITIONAL work to polish skills taught at morning schools, in fact it is most popular form of education.
The problem starts right from the bottom. Once a child is admitted in school, having a tutor come at your residence (or enrolling in an tuition center) is almost as necessary as starting with a maulvi sahab. The problem is more pervasive in the slightly older generation, say students of O and A Levels, who sign up for tuitions from different tutors for all their subjects, separately. So at one time parents are paying for 4 to 5 different subject tutors apart from the basic academic fees (which is exorbitant as it is).
I myself have taught at a center for two years. My enthusiasm and love for teaching waned when I realized that the students did not expect extra help from me to prepare for exams, they expected me to teach them the entire O Level course from scratch, usually in a couple of months. The course that is, according to protocol, supposed to be covered by the school in 2 years. Whenever I asked a student why they weren’t taught anything in schools I got replies ranging from “The same teachers in school want us to come to them in the evening for tuitions, they teach properly during tuitions” to “We don’t really attend classes that regularly, especially when we can bunk”
What is the real problem with the education system? O and A Level system is a very well-structured and respected system, why is not working here? Why is tuitions a necessity for everyone? Isn’t it disturbing that opening up a tuition center is one of the most profitable businesses in Karachi today, not to mention the easiest? Where is the dignity?