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12:00 AM, March 21, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:29 AM, March 21, 2019

Govt policy needed for coaching centres

Directors, founders tell press conference

There should be a specific policy of the government regarding coaching centres and their supervision, said directors and founders of coaching centres yesterday.

They opposed the government claim that coaching centres are involved with question paper leak, saying they are not part of formulating, printing and distributing question papers during exams.

Speakers also demanded not to shut down coaching centers during public exams “as such closure hampered students' preparation”.

They were addressing a press conference, organised by Association of Shadow Education Bangladesh (ASEB), an  organisation of coaching centres, at its Tejgaon office in Dhaka. It was participated by directors and founders of several coaching centres.

Mahmudul Hasan Sohag, spokesperson of ASEB and director of coaching centre Udbhash, said coaching centres should be supervised by the government under a specific policy.

Reading out a written statement, Imadul Haque, convener of ASEB, criticised the government decision of shutting down coaching centres during public exams.

“Will it be logical if the government closed all clinics based on allegation of wrong treatment at one?” he asked.

“We, along with our teachers, are not connected with any government or private educational institutions. It is our demand to bring all culprits related to question paper leaks to book,” he added.

From December 2017 to February 2019, 190 people were detained on allegations of question paper leak, he claimed, adding that none of them were from any coaching centre. “So why should the coaching centres be kept shut during exams,” he added.

He claimed that a student gets only 120-130 days of classes in school. “Their syllabus is not covered completely in this short time. Also, some students need extra care,” he said.

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