ISLAMABAD – Going for tuition after school or college is rapidly becoming a common trend among students in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The situation has led to the mushrooming of private tuition centres throughout Islamabad and Rawalpindi. These centres are doing a good business because of poor teaching standards at schools.

But there are people who send their children to these centres because they are busy with professional responsibilities or are not qualified enough to help their children in doing homework.

Some students take private tuition throughout the year and some take tuition when exams are near. No doubt, there are some good tuition centres too in the city, which are known for quality education and facilities.

But the general impression is that a large majority of these centres are opened to make fast bucks and are opened not to help students prepare for their exams.

A few of these centres also offer home tuition but charges are exorbitant. Therefore, parents prefer sending their children to tuition centres instead of hiring a home tutor.

Normally, tuition centres charge Rs 400 to 1,000 monthly from each student for one subject and offer some concession in case of the entire course, which takes months to complete.

Most centres promise parents that their children would pass exams with good marks.

Muhammad Ali, who teaches at a tuition centre in G-6 while talking to this agency said that tuition was a trend or need, he said tuition was a need which helped students stay in tune with their studies.

He said the standard of government as well as Private schools was so low that parents sent their children to tuition centres, where proper courses are prepared and which are repeated before the exams. As a result, students secure good grades, he added.

He said students were taught in an easy and informal manner and individual attention was given to each student. He said students were also given help material by the tuition centres.

Saima Saleem, a housewife, said she needed tutor for her children because teaching methods in their school were not up to the mark. “I and my husband both are too occupied with our jobs to teach our children, therefore, we have arranged a tutor for them.

I know many families who are not much educated send their children to private tuition centres,” she said.

A teacher at G-10/4 College for Women, Islamabad, said more and more students were taking tuition because their parents’ income had increased over the years.

She said those running coaching centres were not teachers but businessmen and that such people had nothing to do to with education.

They have opened these centres because it’s a profitable trade, she said, adding that these centres had brought a bad name to the teaching profession.

She said if the government ensured quality education in all public and private schools, there would be no need for after school tuition, as in the past students did exceptionally well without going to any tuition centre.