Teachers cash in as demand for Kannada classes surge | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The state government’s move to introduce Kannada as a mandatory subject in all schools, irrespective of the boards they are affiliated to, has triggered a boom in the Kannada tuition industry.
From homemakers to private schools teachers who lost their jobs after the pandemic hit, Kannada tutors have sprung up every where. Online classes have added to the surge. On finding numerous enquiries for Kannada classes on social media, Rakesh Valsan, who has been in the field of education for seven years, seized the opportunity and launched an online service to teach the language in August last year. Now, he has more than 40 students and five tutors under him.
Bengaluru being a cosmopolitan city with people from all parts of the country, Kannada remains a foreign language for many parents. This hinders them from helping their children with lessons.
“Parents from outside Karnataka struggle to teach their children the language at home or help with homework,” said Valsan. “Online classes have made it worse since some teachers speak only Kannada in these classes and children don’t follow what’s happening. Some teachers believe speaking only in Kannada will help children learn the language, but students are mostly lost in these classes.”
Savitha Prasanna, a homemaker from Rajajinagar, who is seeing higher demand for her Kannada tuitions, concurs. “I even have a student logging in from the US. The family plans to return to Bengaluru soon and the child will have to learn Kannada. So, they are taking tuitions to familiarise him with the language,” she said. “In online classes, teachers are too fast or it’s mostly a monologue. Unlike in a regular class, children do not get individual attention or a chance to interact.”
Subbalakshmi Balakrishnan, a resident of Hebbal, said “In many schools, attention is on core subjects and Kannada is taught through pre-recorded videos. With no interaction, it’s tough learning a language. While Kannada was mandated two years ago, it was implemented from this year. Students in Class 3 and 4 are struggling without the basics.”
It has given some tutors a chance to earn an income. “I worked as a Kannada and yoga teacher in a private school, but lost my job during the lockdown. With the demand for Kannada classes, I began tuitions,” said Srinivasa, a teacher with four students.

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