The Sunday Leader

Private Tutors To Be Axed

By Indika Sri Aravinda

The Examinations Commissioner yesterday said that he would take steps to stop private tuition classes being held in the country within two years.
“There is nothing wrong with the papers that we have produced. All the issues are created by those who conduct private tuition classes,” Examinations Commissioner W. M. Pushpakumara said.
“All the questions in this year’s paper are strictly from the school curriculum, and those who conduct tuition classes are creating issues because subject matter outside the syllabus – which they teach – has not been included in this year’s papers,” he said.
He added that 22 complaints have been received by the Department over irregularities with the Year-5 scholarship exam, and have been forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Department.
The results of the exam will not be released till the investigations are over, he added.
Pushpakumara said that the examinations department is the only body which can stop tuition classes, and necessary steps would be taken to include parents in an effort to stop all tuition classes over the next two years. Speaking on the matter of the disputed Z-scored of the Advanced Level examinations, he stated that the responsibility lies fully with the University Grants Commission (UGC), as the formula was created solely by the UGC. “W e are focused on the outcome of the ongoing legal developments,” he added.

37 Comments for “Private Tutors To Be Axed”

  1. Rubert Vanderkoon

    This is a bold statement by the commissioner and I fully support him to do this as well. However he should not rush because there is no proper A/L teaching at schools. So this action might do more harm than good, but a careful action plan is absolutely necessary. Good luck.

    • Imran Hussein

      Yes I agree. As Rubert says, it will take more than two years. We dont have those real teachers anymore or the machanism. Only a handful are doing their job. Political appointments destroyed the education since the 70s. First and foremost you need to create a unit to train the teachers, conduct regular seminars, Workshops etc and brainwash them. Teaching is not an easy job as most of the present teachers think. It needs lot of sacrifice, patience, commitments and more importantly satisfaction. Every teacher must enjoy his/her job. Taking Pvt tution is a must nowadays but in the past it was a shame!
      Having said that, its really a welcoming news – Good luck!

  2. Dorothy

    Private tution is something that makes the Parent and student feel that they have a advantage over others in this rat race of competition tin this the weaning out process of our exam oriented system . I am a teacher who was in education in in SriLanka and Australia and proudly so in the state system . I find that of recent the Parents of SrIlankan origin has resorted to Private Tution even in Australia despite paying for private education in the school system The Parents feel that their kids are getting something extra .or sometimes a higher grade in the assignmentt component of the evaluation process .. Thus it is a very highly ambitious goal to axe private tution . May be we could stop institutionalise private tution but not one to one tutoring !May be this axing would lead to more and more ‘international schools ‘ to rake in the revenue lost to the tution Sir or Madam .it is always a no win situation for those have nots as against the haves .

    • Living the dream in the west

      Dorothy, the education standard in SL is probably the worst in the world, unlike in the west in countries like Australia, England and the US where it is world class.

  3. Lion

    Boy can you do this? with these set of goons in the government who advocate private tution classes.You have put your foot in the mouth boy.Stop those nonsense.This a regime run by click of goons and thugs.

  4. Kadiya

    We expect this type of comments only from politicians and not from the educated bureaucrats. The effort should go to improve resources to public schools and to train and retain good teachers by an incentive scheme. When the confidence on public education system goes up parents will stop sending their kids to private classes. By the way I like to ask this gentleman whether he has any kids still studying in public sector and if so he doesn’t send his kids to private tuition classes.

  5. Jayantha

    Banning tuition classes is a need of national interest. However, the Commisssioner seem rediculously blind to reason like political buddies. The charge he faces is selection of questions out of the syllabus. If he is confident that questions are on like with the syllabus, why should he get so excited. Instead of fuming with rage, he must act professional and come out with facts. Even a montesori teacher would not speak like this.

    • well said Mr. commissioner. channelling by Govt doctors and tution classes even by some times unqualified teachers unreasonable charges of the Three weel drivers are to be seriously addressed by the H.E and the govt so soon

  6. Makuluwa

    This fool is trying to create another issue when country has enough and more issues with education.

  7. lakshmi dissanayake

    I am a science teacher having 35 year experience. I never do tution because my teaching methods are different and I always prefer practical work. And also I want students to do it by themselves.
    But Sir, I challeng you! you can’t stop tution. 90% of students population go tution classes, and 50% of them get good results because of tution. My children got through the exam and enter the University because they had good tution masters who work hard with their students.That’s the truth and you know that. So don’t make funny statements.

    • Imran Hussein

      Lakshmi, you are one of those rare teachers who is doing her job and enjoy the job. Your aim and expectations are different from those who wasting time at school and working overtime to make some bucks.
      Now, if all your colleagues have the same intention like you, why those student should run behind pvt tuition?
      Keep up your good work, we dont have many Lukshmi D’s. Wish you more strength and good health.

  8. D S Perera

    One of the bravest commissioner in Sri Lanka We appreciate his efforts.
    Tuition culture is being created by the very same teachers who teaches the same subjects in schools,
    Why not they teach students in schools, strong steps needs to be taken in higher levels to stop those tuition menace in Sri Lanka,

  9. hansan

    Pushpakumara may have to go before he get rid of the Private Tution as Bandula and Grero Mahath horu donot like the idea. Commissioner will be lost by talking too much. He better make the school teachers do a better job than trying to interfere in to Private Tution for a fast Buck.

  10. spider

    Our education system had created this tuition system. Pushpakumara would have plan to work on creating good education system in the country ,rather than creating another issue. Look at the education system in developed countries like singapore and japan. If we have a good system, those tuition system will reduce eventually. 2 years not enough I guess. May be we need 10-20 years?

  11. sew

    Attacking the complainant??

  12. Lal

    This is a good move. But, blaming the private tutors for a genuine blunder by the Department is not fair.

    Finding scapegoats has become a Govt pastime.

  13. D Herath M

    It is the commitment and the social responsibility of the individuals. The problems will remain unchanged unless we stop fingering to others. We must execute the tasks within the scope obeying the professional ethics and the values of human beings.

  14. dagobert

    It will be more beneficial if the Private Tutors can be T(A)XED.
    This will benefit the students as well as the GOSL.

  15. aga

    The Examinations Commissioner does not want to find the reality. without privet classes who can pass exam. some students may be there. I couldn’t find a good
    school teachers when I do A/L . Privet teachers are always giving their best contribution to create better country. all my friends did their studies by using privet
    classes. now all my friends are well educated persons. privet class teachers always try to see the best result from their students. government teachers behaviors are totally deference. because they don’t have any risk at the job. these bloody government officials don’t want to see the reality. they want to do something and take salary. we must destroy all these bloody officials as soon. otherwise in future we can see student without head. and one day we have to run under another powerful state like India. (Just Like Maldives)

  16. Sudath Sri

    is it the correct solution???

  17. Lokka

    Really? Are you of any sane mind? What nonsense is this? How can the breach of confidentiality in your department be corrected by banning perhaps the only form of affordable good education from those poor kids who don’t have the means to bring private tutors home? I personally was a tremendous beneficiary of extremely capable educators who provided valuable education to the masses and I hugely benefited from non-favoritism, absence of bullying, and more then anything, awakening of the scientific curiosity by my teachers. My teachers (from what you call the “Tuition classes”). In addition to systematic approach to education, they taught the virtues of honesty, truthfulness, celebration of knowledge, the value of hard work, and my teachers always guided us in our lives outside of education. Long live educators of the caliber of Mr. Manel Wickramasinghe, Mr. Nimal Hettiarachchi, Mr. Sarath Ilapperuma. Keep the education free and do not deprive the poor of the only affordable and quality education they have access to.

  18. Rednaxela

    A welcome move indeed. But, can you succeed is the question. This menace has to be stopped by someone at some point, as the teachers are holding the parents for ransom. Ask the parents the rate per hour demanded by the teachers for private tuition and you’ll hit the ceiling!

  19. Malith.

    How do you stop this? The biggest Money making Scam operator of Tuition is the Minister of Education. I think the Examinations Commissioner is going to be the “Odd One Out” soon too come. EC has completely forgotten that the Tuition classes today are flourishing because of the Tuition class teacher who has become the Minister of Education. Let’s see how long the EC will hold his JOB.!.

  20. Shaik Anwar Ahamath

    Private tuition should not be necessary if our education standards were improved. The teachers are in cloud cuckoo land if they think they can impart the requisite knowledge to a class of 50 or 60 in the prescribed 60 minutes. I have attended lectures in UK with classes of over 150. The lecturer usually continues, Read book X, Chapters 2 and 4. We have compulory tutorials with small groups of 10 or so where we discuss Chapters 2 and 4 with the lecturer and take notes. This not only makes the subject matter more interesting but also retained. This might be hard work for the lecturers but they are usually dedicated and fondly look forward to these sessions where they might be learning a few things too.

  21. Senanayake

    The Private Tuition has become an issue even in a country like Singapore.

    I wonder how the Sri Lanka Examinations Commissioner is going to do this?

    Is he a magician or is he trying to copy his Minister?

  22. Ranjan

    What about people who make a living giving private tuition? If someone is willing to pay for a service and there are people to provide that service why block it. It is ridiculous. This is not a communist country. People who are rich can buy more goods and services. That is capitalism. Tuition is also a service bought with money. Bad public school teachers can be punished but blocking private tuition is not the answer.

  23. Simple Sydney

    This is banning free enterprise and the freedom of choice. If I want to use my talent and time to help those who are in need and make some money this is my choice not the decision of some bureaucrat.

  24. Roy

    To answer to Dorothy, private tuition in Australia was brought by migrants from developing countries mainly Asians and Indian sub continent.

    • Power beat

      I agree Roy. This is true. People from the sub continent don’t have a life outside of their studies and as a result cannot fit into any society.

  25. Rania

    You will be able to stop the tuition classes held in public. Then again it is the poor who will suffer. How can you stop the individual tuition classes by the rich kids in the privacy of thier own homes. What is important is we train our teachers and ensure they teach well in schools without sleeping. If the parents are happy with their teaching in schools, they will not have to waste their money and time sending their kids for tuition.
    Strengthen the education system in SL!

  26. Lankan Patriot

    The statement by the Commissioner tends to give the feeling that this is a revenge for ciritisizing the Examinations Department and not in the interest of the parents. Stopping the tution classes must come with strict guidelines to schools for completing the respective syllabi. Many schools outside Colombo do not complete all required modules for O/L or A/L which leaves the students at the mercy of the private tutors.

  27. Newton

    I hope you will act without any delay without any exception. Father of this sickening trade Mr.Erol Fernando (Chemistry Tutor) a drop-out of University of Ceylon Colombo, may not have seen what will happen to our education system in the long run. The tutory culture is a cancer, it has destroyed our education system that was highly respected all over the world prior to 1973. Mr. Pushpakumara good luck to you.

  28. gamarala

    Minister Grero is a Tuition Mudalali. He runs a ‘tuition complex’ employing many tutors. What is his reaction.

  29. marasinhe

    THIS IS SILLY FUNNY AND STUPID STATEMENT. EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW BAD IS THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL EDUCATION SYSTEM OF SRI LANKA NOWADAYS.THE TEACHERS ARE ONLY FOLLOWING THE SYLLABUSES AND WRITTING DAILY NOTES,TERM NOTES ETC.MOST TEACHERS ARE JUST WARMING THE CHAIRS.DONT USE THE COMPUTERS AT ALL.ALLY THEY ARE AFRAID AND SHY EVEN TO TOUCH A COMPUTER. THIS THE PATHETIC AND THE BITTER TRUTH OF THE SITUATION OF SRI LANKAN EDUCATION SYSTEM.
    IM HUNDRED PERCENT SURE THAT EVEN THE CHILDREN OF THE EXAMINER ALSO GO TO AT LEAST TEN TUTION CLASSES. THIS THE “KUHAKA KAMA” OF OUR PEOPLE.
    IF HE COULD ACHIEVE HIS DREAM OF STOPPING THE TUITION CLASSESS, THE CHILDREN OF POOR PEOPLE WOULD BE THE WORST AFFECTED AS RICH WOULD BRING THE TUTION MASTERS TO THIER HOMES. THIS WOULD BE LIKE THE STUPID IDEA OF LATE BANDARANAYAKAS MAKING SINHALA BHASHAWA ONLY THE RAJYA BHASAWA. WE CAN SEE TODAY HOW BADLY AFFECTED THAT STUPID MISTAKE TO THIS NATIION.

  30. Ruki Herath

    Let me tell you a story on how much progress we have made in education standards in schools. This is a real story, but I have changed my name for obvious reasons. “I did A/Ls at the BEST public school in Sri Lanka in maths stream in 1982, and was one of the best(!) in the entire country in terms of results. A teacher who thought me 30 years ago,(just starting out as a teacher) is now the most senior teacher in that subject in my school. 30 years ago, he used to walk past our class, call me by name through the window, give me a sum to do and have it ready in X minutes, came back and collected my answer, and copied that verbatim in the next class in the same school – no, I am not kidding. This is not a one-off. It was a very regular thing in my 2 years in A/L. You know what? He is now the teacher for my son (and the most senior teacher in that particular subject) in my school, which is considered the BEST in the country!

    Does that tell yo something?

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