Pressure in Kota Coaching Taking Life Out of Your Child- Study (Download PDF)


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37 % of Kota students feel easily annoyed or irritable says a report. Kota students face stress, depression, drugs, problematic relations, and abuse. Kota, a small town in Rajasthan, is the nerve centre for IIT coaching.

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Image of Increasing Pressure on Children

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Why is Kota So Special?

  • Some 150, 000 students are enrolled in a cluster of coaching institutes any time of the year.

  • The town’s hyper competitive coaching institutes have earned a reputation for helping students “crack” the IIT entrance.

  • Thousands have made it since the business picked up in the early 2000s.

What is the Pressure on a Child in Kota?

  • Parents can end up spending ₹15 - 20 lakh over five or six years. Many take loans. Many parents cause their children stress by reminding them of how much money they have invested in their education.

  • Admitting any student wanting to ‘make it’ without assessing his or her ability fuels student stress.

  • Fear of failure to crack exams also troubles the student.

  • The students face academic stress too to excel.

  • The pain of being away from home is also a problem faced by the student.

  • Lack of tasty and nutritious food in the hostels/messes.

What Are the Health Problems Faced by the Students?

  • Many students reported sleep-related problems, of not being able to wake up or falling asleep or staying asleep.

  • Problems of constantly feeling tired were mentioned, as were those related to eating

  • Loss of appetite

  • Digestion trouble

  • Female students spoke of problems with their menstrual period.

What Are the Other Problems Faced by Kota Students?

  • Loneliness

  • Anxiety

  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness

  • Weight loss

  • Possibility of pregnancy

  • Addiction to drugs

How Do the Students React to the Problems?

  • Self-harm (suicide)

  • Substance abuse

  • Bullying

  • Sexual experimentation

  • Support of drugs

Proposals Given to Kota Institutes

  • Reduction of the class population of 200 to 40 each

  • Appointment of trained counsellors and clinical psychologists

  • Sensitization of teachers on mental health issues

  • Availability of on-call doctors

  • Creation of a recreational room for games and screening of movies

  • Formation of peer mentor groups

- Published/Last Modified on: March 8, 2018

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