Education Ministry Issues Guidelines to Regulate Coaching Centres

The Ministry of Education has come out with guidelines for the regulation of coaching centres to effectively address malpractices adopted by them and protect students’ interests.

As per the guidelines, a coaching centre includes a centre that is “established, run, or administered by any person to provide coaching for any study programme or competitive examinations or academic support to students at school, college, and university level, for more than 50 students”.

Such coaching centres have to apply for registration, following the procedure as prescribed by the appropriate government. If the centre intends to shift to another location post-registration, prior approval of the competent authority would be required. Their websites must be updated with details including information about courses, qualification of tutors, fees, refund policy and other essential details.

The guidelines prohibit coaching centres from engaging tutors whose qualification is below graduation level or who have been convicted for any offence involving moral turpitude, publishing misleading advertisements with claims regarding the quality of coaching/ facilities, success rates or employment prospects, etc.

The code of conduct laid down under the guidelines has to be adhered to. Accordingly, coaching centres must not enrol students below 16 years of age or enrolment should be done only after the secondary school examination. Further, increasing fees during the course’s duration would not be allowed. It is also envisaged that measures need to be taken keeping in mind the students’ mental well-being.