No respite for students in summer spotlight

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Disturbing trend: Students of a junior college in Guntur waiting outside their college after classes are over on Monday. —
Disturbing trend: Students of a junior college in Guntur waiting outside their college after classes are over on Monday. —

Ramesh Susarla

Colleges vie with one another in holding special classes against norms of BIE

Show cause notices issued to five junior colleges in Guntur

Even parents forcing their wards to attend classes: MLC

GUNTUR: It is a virtual grind, against her wish, from day-break to three hours past sunset on a hot summer day for Maddali Swarnalatha, Intermediate second year student of a corporate junior college, in Guntur. She is not alone but only symbolises the student community that is aspiring to get into some good professional course, but is subjected to intense stress in the name of preparing them for break-neck competition.

Majority of the corporate colleges in the district have openly flouted the norms laid out by the Board of Intermediate Education for running of classes and have been creating an artificial fear among students with regard to competitive examinations. As per the rules classes should not be held during summer vacations for Intermediate students, who had appeared first year examination.

However, in Guntur city some colleges have been openly conducting classes. Regional Inspecting Officer M. Shatrughna Reddy told The Hindu that he had issued show-cause notices to five junior colleges, which had been conducting classes against norms.

"I am awaiting reply from them and if they do not give proper reply, stringent action would be initiated against them and even recommend cancellation of renewal of their college permission," he said.

"I have issued notices to Nalanda, Gautham, Sri Chaitanya and NRI Academy for running second year classes and also Bridge Courses for those aspiring to join this year in Intermediate first year," he added.

When The Hindu contacted, everyone with an exception of a couple of students in every college said they were forced to attend classes as they feared they would be left behind in the competition. “Our parents force us to go to college as they do not want me to lose the advantage of these classes, where the actual portions from second year syllabus are being taught," said N. Sri Lakshmi, another student.

All the colleges are conducting full-time classes for students till May 8 or 10 depending on examination schedule of individual college.

Ironically some colleges are even conducting first unit test for these students based on the lessons taught to them during the summer classes.

"These students watch TV programmes and while away their time at home, so it is better they study in the college during months instead of staying at home," said N. Raghava Rao parent of a student.

Student union leaders of SFI and AISF have also given up agitating following such comments from the parents. ABVP led by its district secretary Shaik Mastan even filed a plea in the District Legal Services Authority and its secretary G. Venkata Krishnaiah gave an interim directive to the colleges to follow the norms, but to no avail.

MLC K.S. Lakshmana Rao said fault lay with parents, who were pushing their children to the brink in the name of preparing for competitions instead of understanding its adverse impact.

"We need to bring awareness among them and promote an alternative to this culture by encouraging students to take up other knowledge-based activities instead of mugging up lessons at the college," he opined.

This culture of completing course in half the time prescribed for it has even spread to schools, where many of those who had appeared ninth standard this year, had already completed half of 10th Standard syllabus making assimilation of knowledge difficult for them, he added.



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