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Private coaching centres; Students demand refund as no tuitions were delivered during unrest

Srinagar, Jan 13 (KNS): Amid unrest, thousands of students have lost a considerable amount of money which they had paid as advance tuition fee at local coaching centers.
However, due to present unrest, the coaching centres remained closed without rendering any help to the students. There is a demand from the parents for refund of the fee as the students having appeared in 10th and 12th class examinations no longer need any coaching.
Pertinently the coaching for these classes starts from March and ends by October and the tuition fee is received in advance in total.
Students have informed that advance fee paid by them did not avail them even a single tuition since July 8, the day uprising erupted in Kashmir.
Ishtiyaq Ahmad, a class 11 student told KNS, that he had paid Rs 30000 as tuition fees at a coaching center in Parraypora but “ was not able to attend even a single lecture.’
Similarly, other students have pointed fingers at these coaching centers alleging that they have not refunded the “hard earned money” of their parents despite not finishing even 30 per cent of the syllabus.
On average, each coaching centre enrolls hundred students for one course. “It means, from the students of one class, a coaching centres on average collects thirty lakh rupees,” Asrar Ahmad, a class 12 student told KNS.
He added that similarly, students enrolled in same coaching centres for other courses also pay huge amounts. “And in that way, a coaching centre collects crores of rupees from students in advance,” he said.
Students said that these tuition centres refuse to accept payments in installments and allow only students to sit in classes after they have made full payment in advance.
“This is not good. Sometimes, a student after attending few lectures in tuition centre feels that he is not satisfied by the quality of lectures delivered. He wants to change the tuition centre. But he cannot as coaching centre refuse to return his fee,” said Towseef Ahmad, a KAS aspirant.
Students accused the authorities of giving free hand to local coaching centres “to exploit the students.”
“There must be rules and regulations that would govern these tuition points and their fee structure. Tuition centres must receive payments (fee) in installments,” said Mubashir Wani, a CET aspirant.
The students have sought refund of the fee paid in advance.
GN Var, Chairman Coaching Centres Association, told KNS, that any coaching centre which has not delivered any services to students must return the payments received.
“We work on principles. Any coaching centre which has not delivered lectures to the students must return the fee. If any student has any such complaint, he must approach us and we will help him in getting the hard earned money of his parents back,” he said. (KNS)