Crash course schools heading for trouble

By Damith Wickremesekera

Tutories that have mushroomed countrywide, like fast food outlets, to offer “crash courses” in practically everything from “modern English” to speaking the Queen’s language in just 24 hours or making computer wizards out of unsuspecting youth, are in trouble.

Youth Affairs Minister Dallas Allahapperuma wants to order a crackdown on these modern day “fast learning” outlets. “They are the cause a lot of youth losing their money in fraudulent exercises,” Allahapperuma told the Sunday Times.

He said he has submitted a Cabinet Paper seeking approval to order a crackdown on them. Such measures could be carried out either through his Ministry or the Police. A hotline would also be set up in his Ministry to receive public complaints. He said that his Ministry received regular complaints.

Some of the tutories or so-called teaching institutes pretended to offer computer courses, train nurses and hospital staff. They did not have qualified personnel nor were they qualified to undertake the task, he said.

“Most of these so-called institutes conned their way through posters pasted on walls in many towns. This attracted the unsuspecting youth,” he said. There were also those who placed paid advertisements in the media claiming that they were qualified professionals.

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