Non Educationist business persons and groups have entered the field of education.
Business venture involves profit making and aggressive marketing. New trend observed in business field these days is that profit making is pivotal and ethics, commitment, morals are remote.
Flashy infrastructure and huge hoardings, large to full page ads in newspapers are some of the easy tools of hard selling in business.
Good Schools/Colleges are not popular by corporate style of ads. or infrastructure, they are known by their students, the morals, values, culture that they have learnt from their School/College. The distinction of good School/College is highlighted by the way its students carry themselves in the society, the manner in which they handle situations and the respect that they earn during and after their education.
Basic facilities are required for a school/college. School/College need to appear like a school/College and need not look like a palace or a multi star hotel. Students learn life skills by living with their class and schoolmates during their working hours in addition to the general subjects like science, maths, history etc.
Some Schools/Colleges pretend to be offering various courses and programs to enhance learning but in reality it may not be true or maybe fictitious. Parents to be watchful about such institutions and not to get duped. Some Schools/College initiate good programs but get exhausted for their own reasons or get greedy and dilute the effectiveness of the courses or programs.
Some Schools/Colleges put up feedback pretending to be parents, such posts appear artificial and are filled with praises. One of the method to know about a institution maybe to check with few ex students or students who are already part of the institution.
Some institutions have some hidden agenda which becomes prominent when one gets into a situation. Some institutions do not refund the amount paid if one decides to withdraw admission no matter how big or small the amount maybe. Some don't care even if the child has not attended even a single day.
This situation of not refunding is a simple case but there are some rogue Schools/Colleges that refuse not only to refund the amount paid but also demand you to pay additional amount. If a College course is of two years duration and your child decides to withdraw admission during the initial stage of admission, the rogue College will refuse to refund the amount paid and will also demand you to pay the full fees of the second year of the course to return the original certificates that your child may have deposited with the College during admission. One can imagine the plight of a student who impulsively gets admitted to a three or four years course and deposits original certificates with such Colleges.
These conditions may not be mentioned in any of their brochures or admission material may not be even in fine print. some of these rogue institutions don't bother about any authorities as they may have the authorities in their good books. These institutions know that hardly any parent would approach court for its complexity and if any parents approaches the court and get verdict in the parent favor, the institution would pay up the amount which is not big as they would have made up huge amount from the parents who had not approached court.
Parents and students seeking admissions should avoid falling prey to the marketing/publicity stunts or get carried away by the sweet talks of the trained admission staff. Not to get impulsive and its always better to take time to decide and watch on some of the institution that are shortlisted.
Some institutions insist on cash payment of fees and some refuse to issue receipt for payment of fees/donation or they may not refuse but make excuses to issue receipts or may say that will issue receipts later maybe after classes commence. The attitude/intention of such institutions are suspicious, think if you want to admit your child paying huge amounts into such institutions who are into acts that are not clear or suspicious or the institutions that are trying to evade tax or violate government rules. A parent irrespective of their background economic/caste/criminal looks for a good institution and will normally like their child to be honest law biding citizen and no parent may like their child to learn illegal or unethical practices.
There are many institutions who are dedicated educationists doing great service to the society but a lot of rogue institutions are too mushrooming. A smart parent knows or learns to identify the best for their child.
Will appreciate comments and expect parents all people at large to take forward this discussion. I believe this maybe food for thought for the parents who are looking out for good education for their children. A wrong decision can change course of a child, the choice can make a OBAMA or a OSAMA.
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