Private lessons have become so entrenched in today’s education system that any child who doesn’t take lessons will be a big surprise to most people. From now on, children start taking lessons from the age of 4. Private lessons are in addition to the time spent learning at school. And private lessons are quite expensive, especially when children start taking several lessons for different subjects.
With such a reliance on private lessons, it raises questions about the quality of school education. It makes you wonder why the time spent in school is not enough and why so much importance is given to private lessons. Could it be that tuition is just a way to make money? It is quite possible as the tuition industry generates revenue of several thousand crores per year. Are tuition fees just marketing hype to make billions? Do children really need lessons? Well, to answer such questions, here are some important things to know about private lessons.
Too many students in class – Ideally, a class should have around 15 to 30 children. However, this is hardly the case in the real world. Usually, classrooms in India have a much higher number of around 60 children or even more. Because of this, teachers are not able to pay attention to every child in the class. They are not able to answer the doubts and questions of all the students. Even if they try, they will not be able to complete the program on time.
Lack of teachers / teaching skills – A significant percentage of teaching positions are vacant in public schools. This means an additional load for available teachers and increased pressure to complete the program on time. Another reason is that many teachers may lack the skills to communicate properly with children. Also, some teachers may not have the necessary expertise in a particular subject.
No help from parents – There are many situations where parents may not be able to help their children meet their educational needs. They may be busy with work commitments or lack the expertise expected of a teacher.
Variable learning abilities – Every child is different in terms of learning abilities. Some children may learn faster while others may need more time to understand a particular subject. Schools are unable to adjust their teaching pace as they have to complete the program on time. As a result, slow learners are negatively impacted in this situation.
Good in one subject, weak in another – It is quite common for students to be strong in some subjects and weaker in others. For example, a student may be good at languages but struggle with math. These students may need to devote more time to their weak subjects, which is unlikely to be available at school.
Due to the above factors, parents often turn to tutoring. This is not an easy choice, as parents have to shell out huge sums for private lessons. But they have few other alternatives. Moreover, they believe that school fees are necessary to ensure a bright future for their children.
Negative aspects of private lessons
Although the above factors may justify the need for private lessons, it is certainly not a necessity. While the majority of students take classes, there are quite a few students who manage without. There are many students who have achieved the highest ranking even without private lessons.
In addition to being expensive, private lessons can also promote rote learning. It can prevent children from making efforts to learn something new, experiment, learn chess, etc. Tuition fees can inhibit overall development, which can truly be achieved by meeting challenges head-on. Children should be encouraged to learn on their own, even when they may encounter difficulty in a specific topic or topic. Private lessons can help students get good grades in school, but they may run into problems later when they face real challenges.
Although we are not against tuition fees, parents can give their child the opportunity to learn on their own. Pushing kids for school fees from the start doesn’t seem like the right thing to do. Parents can evaluate their child’s performance, based on which private lessons can be considered.