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Cane And Able: The Hyper-competitive World Of Coaching

Some institutes in the Tamil Nadu town of Tiruchirapalli are accused of even using corporal punishment to motivate students

Job hopefuls: Students attend a class at a government coaching centre in Trichy Photo: S.R. Pearson Lenekar

When Diana, who works as a cleaner at a private hospital in Tiruchirapalli, approached a private coaching centre to enrol her eldest daughter, she was taken aback by the fees for the course—Rs 1.5 lakh. It was way beyond Diana’s meagre earnings but she was also painfully aware of her daughter Archana’s dreams of becoming a doctor. “After several requests, the coaching institute agreed to take the money in three instalments,” Diana tells Outlook.

Diana has  taken a loan from a private fin­ance company and also decided to take up a job as a child caretaker in Qatar. “I have acc­epted this offer so that my three daughters can have a decent life. The loan I took is alm­ost exhausted as I have spent a large part of it for the visa process and to pay the broker,” Diana confides. Diana hopes she will land in Qatar soon and would be able to pay the first instalment to the coaching institute.

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