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Are academies poison for our educational structure?

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By Rehan Butt

 

Being trainers, teachers & responsible coaches we have to discourage the evening coaching – the so-called academy system – as it is more than poison for the educational structure of the nation. Students who get very good marks in matriculation and in intermediate are unable to make their assignments at university level as they mostly copy paste from Internet. Academies – the money earning institutes – not only ruin the creative abilities of students but also make them habitual of spoon feeding and in their whole lives as they keep waiting for some help from others. At the same time these young learners are also unable to develop some most important skills as intermediate is the time for development of skills like; leadership, decision making, problem solving, teamwork, visualization, conceptualization, practice by writing, time management, stress management, etc.

These skills are most important for a child in his/her learning age even during Armed Forces recruitment in ISSB these core skills are observed. Youth are our future, the future leaders of this nation. We all have to fulfil our responsibilities as parents, teachers, guardians, information officers, etc. How such a student can grow physically, mentally even spiritually who had spent whole day on chair by sitting and just listening. Similarly, we must highlight the importance and benefits of self-study and 8 hours sleep for students.

On daily basis we see students sleeping, yawning in class who spend their half day in evening coaching system even after taking all subject classes in college from reputed teachers.

We have many examples of great achievers in same classes who take proper rest after college then give 4 to 5 hours to self-studies, sometime to curricular activities and take proper sleep. They look quite fresh, happy, and energetic and make a healthy participation in lecture. A very useful initiative is taken by a well reputed college of Pakistan in this regard by launching a free eLearning website where intermediate students can find video recorded lectures on all topics of all subjects, so that not only they can save their money and time but also can give proper time to self-study.

The writer is a professional coach, trainer, counselor and working in Punjab Group of Colleges as ” Trainer & Motivational Speaker”. He can be reached at [email protected]

 

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