The Tuition Syndrome
Such a sea change can be witnessed in the attitudes of people that, it is very obvious in almost every sphere of human existence.
Children have been studying in schools and colleges for so many decades, and there has always been an assortment of children of all hues and mental calibers. The fact that some children pick up fast, some slow and some do not at all. This has been true always and is also a fact today and will always be so. However, though the basics of students have remained the same, attitudes have had an abysmal plunge into a sort of near madness.
Given the hypothesis that, there always were weak children and brilliant children the system of giving and taking tuitions has taken up to new dimensions to an all time high. There was a time when those children who were weak were the only ones who took extra tuitions so that they could compete with their more brilliant colleagues. This was also not a thing to be proud of that, the child is taking tuition because it would clearly imply that the child was weak in studies. The parents and also their wards felt a little ashamed that they had to resort to extra tuition. This indicated that the student required an extra dose of teaching to cope with the syllabus. Moreover, the teachers of the days gone by, took the trouble of finishing the syllabus in class so that all could benefit. Then, only the weak who required personal attention would take to tuitions.
This was the picture as it existed a few decades back. However, this same tuition has now become almost a necessity, for which several reasons can be assigned. Today, this entire scenario has taken a ‘U’ turn, and all parties involved in the system of tuitions have evolved an absolutely new psyche towards tuitions. This system has become almost a madness, a disease. These days every child good, bad or very weak all resort to tuitions, in almost every subject. The basic cause of this tuition is the teacher. The system which was once meant to help the weak students is now a money spinning project for the teachers. It has often been noticed that, the teachers do not care to even finish the set syllabus in the class room as it is meant to be. Since the syllabus is not even completed, even the good children are forced to take to tuitions. This is encouraged by the teacher as, he/she earns an extra buck. She does not even take the pains of seeing how many of the students have assimilated what has been taught for he/she wants them to come for tuition. This indifference is on purpose, ensure that when the course is not finished, or what has been taught has not been understood, the children will be bound to go for tuition. On the other hand, the tuition mania has also taken grip of the parents, as, even their psyche has changed. The more their child goes for tuition, the more they feel proud. It may be partially agreed that, these days, competition has increased manifold and without extra coaching children may not fare as well as they can. Yes, this may for a moment stand to reason when we talk of children of Std. VIII and above where competition starts taking its toll. However, what is the excuse for parents to send their children of K.G. Stds. Ist and IInd, for tuitions. This only shows the near madness taking the shape of a syndrome, a disease.
Thus, in a nutshell the tuition syndrome is the net result of a number of causes and attitudes. The children who are faced with demanding parents, cut throat competition, and a syllabus that is for ever left incomplete or not understood, there is no feasible alternative to taking tuitions. This makes for a full justification for the prevalence of the system and a boost is given to the tuition syndrome. The teachers, parents and the children are all full to the brim with the craze for taking tuitions and giving tuitions and the syndrome flourishes unabated. In the bargain the load of teachers in the schools gets reduced and their load of earning an extra amount gets enhanced. Tuition Centres are opened all over and the mushroom growth of these centres is being encouraged by all concerned.
The tuition syndrome has taken possession of all and the mania has given birth to learning shops which can be termed as mini mints, for making money. With each passing day the courses expand, syllabi are not done. in schools and thus, the centres for tuitions are hastily catching up. However, if this system persists, time is not far when these centres for tuitions will also become like schools/colleges where only money will be given as fees but knowledge will not be imparted.