Parents welcome extra classes at Indian schools

Muscat: Parents extend a cautious welcome to the extra classes offered by Indian Schools teachers as an alternative to private tuitions. 

Starting October 1, a few Indian schools (Muscat, Darsait, Salalah, Seeb and Mabela) will conduct extra classes after normal teaching hours for students who need further guidance, said a member of the Board of Directors of Indian Schools in Oman.

He added that some schools already have such programmes in place and may join in later stages. “The response has been encouraging from the teaching and student communities.”

The Board of Directors of Indian Schools in Oman had stopped school teachers from engaging in private tuitions.

A circular was issued in the wake of several complaints, but we are also working on a plan that will address the concerns of students who may need special attention.

The percentage of teachers involved in private tuitions is not high as it is sometimes made out to be, the board member said.

Classes can be taken by students from Classes IX to XII and will cover all major subjects including mathematics, science, social studies, the language, accountancy and business studies among other, according to a circular from a school.

“This is a welcome move but we are not sure whether teachers can offer personal attention as in private tuitions,” said Senthil,
a parent of a class X student.

“Most students cannot perform solely on school teaching. This move is good but it has to be beneficial to the students in the true sense,” he said.

“Students who cannot private tuitions can benefit from this initiative but we still need cooperation from teachers,” said Nalini, parent of a class IX student.

“I prefer a special coaching from the school than a tuition. Let us hope it is extended to lower grades too,” said Allen, student of class VIII.

In its circular, the board had urged all school principals to ensure that teachers of respective schools, right from kindergarten to X11, are not engaged in private tuition with immediate effect. The board has asked for a compliance report by September 10, 2018.

“This involves including physical education, dance and music teachers and disciplinary action will be taken against teachers who fail to comply with the decision,” the statement said.

It violates the rule 39 of the CBSE Affiliation bye-laws, said the board in a statement. “Law of the land in Oman has also made it illegal to have tuition centres at home as it involves concern for the safety of children that cannot be taken for granted in such centres,” the board said.