Priyanka* of Sathuvachary said her son in class 10 in a private school had to attend classes after school hours on all days, besides the weekends, including half a day on Sunday. “This gives him just half a day to rest before he starts the grind in the following week,” she rued. When asked whether parents had approached the school management pertaining to the issue, she said, “We are scared to do so as their usual reply is that if we do not like their way of working, we should remove our child from the school. As getting admission in a reputed school is a daunting task, we are forced to keep quiet.”
Shantha* of Gandhinagar said, “When we become obdurate and demand that the school bring in some reform, they say they follow a regimen aimed at good results and if we still insist, they can easily fail my child and she will lose one year for no fault of hers.” Arun Kumar*, a parent, rued that a school, in addition to holding special classes stretching till 6 pm, even forced students to join a coaching centre run by it separately.
When contacted, Vellore Chief Educational Officer S Mars said, “The syllabus is structured in such a way that students can easily study the subject once the teacher handles it in class.” “Canvassing students to join private coaching centres is wrong and action would be taken,” he said.
— (*Names changed to protect privacy)