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PATNA: The ghats behind Patna College turn into giant, open-air classrooms every morning on weekends when hundreds of government job aspirants from across the country gather there to prepare for competitive exams. Here, knowledge is passed on freely by 30-year-old SK Jha and his team of 15-16 teachers and 150 staff members.
Classes are held between 6am and 7.30am at Kali ghat, Patna College ghat and Kadam ghat for students preparing for banking, railway services and other government jobs. Jha said his team prepares the study material, mock test, OMR sheets and answer keys.
The throng of job aspirants comes from the whole of Bihar and places as far as Jharkhand, UP, MP, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Rajasthan.
They study in groups, write their mock tests, and collect study materials without a miss.
Many of them are from poor families of remote areas in Chhapra, Hajipur, Buxar, Rohtas and Gaya in Bihar. They reach early each weekend morning and return home after class. “He (Jha) treats all the students equally,” said Manoj Kumar from Supaul. This was happening quietly until images of the classes were shared on Twitter by businessman Harsh Goenka. He wrote on April 4: “Kids in Patna, Bihar are preparing for competitive exams on the banks of river Ganga. It is a picture of hope and dreams (sic).”
Hope indeed as the free classes are quite a departure from the teaching shops dotting the country, though Jha also runs a coaching centre in Patna and was accused of instigating students for violent protests against the Railway Recruitment Board exam results some time ago.
Jha chose the Ganga riverbank because of limited space at his coaching centre. “On one morning, when I was walking on the ghat, I struck upon the idea of holding classes there.”
The tutor said around 3,500 students attend classes on Saturdays and over 8,000 on Sundays. “I also conduct discussion classes at 10am on my YouTube channel on weekends. More than 6 lakh kids have joined it,” he said. He releases the score card of tests on Telegram. “As I spend time with them, I know which questions they will find challenging and tricky and, accordingly, we prepare the question papers to clear their concept,” he said.
Pappu Kumar from Jharkhand said took five mock tests in the past two months and his performance is getting better. “Jha Sir explains each and every question and how to solve it.”


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