||Sibal's Class X plan
spells bad news for tutors
NEW DELHI: The Class of 2010
may turn out to be an affliction for private tutors as they stand to loose
their day jobs. If the government goes ahead
with its proposal of scrapping
the class X board exam, several freelancers like Sumit Garg may see a major
erosion in their personal incomes.
Thirty-two-year old Sumit
Garg has been providing home tutorials in Maths and Science to class IX
and X students for the last eight years, earning anywhere between Rs 25,000-Rs
40,000 per month. His income from tuition had helped him repay his home
loan and buy a car.
But now, he fears his income
may dip to one-third of what it was earlier. He is not alone. There are
many freelance tutors for whom the writing is on the blackboard, if the
government chooses to scrap the board exam or make it optional.
“Tutoring charges depend
on a number of factors such as the subject to be taught, locality, class
standard and goodwill of the tutor himself. A home tutor can earn anywhere
between Rs 250-1 ,000 an hour from a student for home tuition or private
lessons ,” says Sumit, who quickly realised that there is more money in
giving individual private lessons than teaching a batch of 20-25 students
at a time.
A classroom or batch-tutoring
could have got him anywhere between Rs 500-1 ,200 per month per student.
Tutors whom ET spoke to also said that Maths and Science are the two subjects
at the Class X-XII level, for which many students seek tuitions . Besides
these, Class X students also seek tutoring in subjects like Social Science,
Hindi and English.
“Even if a student is bright,
parents would want him/her to seek tui-tions for at least a couple of important
subjects . In a competitive environment, nobody wants to take chances with
their child’s future. Board exams are a difficult time for both parents
and children ,” says Rekha Menon, a Delhibased mother of a Class X student.
|However, if the Class X
CBSE exam is scrapped, Ms Menon thinks that many students and parents will
be relieved . In fact, this was probably the basic idea behind National
Council of Education Research and Training’s (NCERT) suggestion for such
“Sleepless nights over Class
X examination are not required. We will reform it and make the Class X
examination optional. We should not traumatise education. It is unacceptable,”
human resource development minister Kapil Sibal had said.
The National Advisory Committee
on ‘Learning Without Burden’ is also of the opinion that Board examinations
, taken at the end of Class X and XII have remained rigid, bureaucratic,
and essentially uneducative.