Dhaka, Bangladesh
Punish crooked coaching centres

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Punish crooked coaching centres

A report published in The News Today on Wednesday affirmed that the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has revoked trade licences of six coaching centres. The centres are University Coaching Centre (UCC), UNIAID Coaching Centre, Icon Coaching Centre, Icon Plus Coaching Centre, Omega Coaching Centre and Paragon Coaching Centre. All of them are located at Dhaka Farmgate under the jurisdiction of DNCC area-5. In fact, Farmgate area has become such a good haven for coaching centres that majority of them are localised here find the area congenial to run the roaring business. These coaching centres have been stripped off their licences under the City Corporation (Taxation) Rules, 1986, the DNCC said in a media statement on Tuesday. These centres were punished for not taking down their billboards, posters, banners and signboards despite repeated warnings. The city authorities had earlier warned the institutions to stop putting up posters illegally. Mobile courts tried them under the Graffiti Writing and Poster Sticking Control Act. The final decision to cancel their licences was arrived at because they were reluctant to obey the order of the city authorities. If one strolls in Farmgate area, he will see the jungle of billboards, posters, banners etc. which hamper the facelift of the city. We think the revocation of trade licence is a light punishment to them. According to the Waste Management Division, these coaching centres were causing visual pollution by unplanned and chaotic show of posters and banners and festoons. It is a glaring instance of insolence when the coaching centre owners in a meeting held earlier with the waste management division promised to remove the posters and banners, but broke the promises in flagrant violation of the order. Now only a small fragment of the coaching centres in the country has been penalised, but there is no concrete data on how many coaching centres are running in the country without valid licence. The coaching centres have now become so intransigent that some of these allegedly get involved in the incidents of question paper leak. The Education Minister very recently blamed the coaching centres along with others for question leak in public examinations. He said the government would shut the coaching centres once a law is passed. Reports have it that coaching centres allegedly encourage some teachers to leak questions. They say students will score well if they leak the questions and that will ultimately benefit them. The education minister said, some teachers are being coaxed into question leak. Some renowned teachers do not spend enough time to teach in classrooms and instead focus on private coaching to ensure additional income. A few years ago university coaching centre was reportedly investigated for its alleged involvement in question leak. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has said that coaching centre owners will be investigated for “amassing wealth” by giving away tuitions illegally. We do not know how long it will take to pass the law for taking action against the errant or crooked owners of coaching centres.

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