Prakash Javadekar Criticised Coaching Centers, Says They Treat Students As 'Slaves'

| October 17 , 2017 , 19:27 IST

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar is not happy with the current education system and feels that the race to join prestigious institutions has left the students as "slaves" to the coaching centres.

While declaring his concern for the decline in teaching standards, Javadekar blamed the rising dependence on coaching centers which only train the students to get admission into IITs and top-level educational institutions.

The minister reached to launch the second edition of Smart India Hackathon 2018 at the College of Engineering, Pune on Monday which is an HRD Ministry initiative. The vision behind the initiative is to involve the engineering students of the country to work on finding solutions to the issues which are plaguing the society.

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Addressing the students, Prakash said, "It is a cause of worry…students from Class VIII become slaves of these coaching institutes. They are being taught to only face competitive exams. The coaching institutes are promoting rote learning and not imparting actual knowledge to the students."

He added, "Very few teachers like to be asked questions, and this has prevented overall understanding of subjects and learning…. This is the reason coaching centres are getting stronger."

In 2016, over 10,000 engineering students from private institutes tried to solve nearly 600 issues addressed by various ministries and state governments. Students associated to Smart India Hackathon, if pushed, could contribute greatly to India's development.