Coaching centres in Jalandhar demand reopening

Allow us to operate at 50% capacity: Owners to state govt

Coaching centres in Jalandhar demand reopening

With almost all businesses in the state being allowed to open in the last few days, owners of coaching classes in the city are now protesting the government's delay in allowing them to reopen. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 8

Owners of various private coaching centres in the city today held a demonstration in front of the district administrative complex demanding that when various restrictions imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 were being removed, they too should be allowed to operate.

Led by Prof MP Singh of Chemistry Guru, who is vice- president of the Coaching Federation of India, said education of students has suffered due to the curbs imposed in the last 14 months. “Parents have already given us consent letters for sending their children. They want their kids to attend regular classes instead of online mode. Students who study in Class VIII to XII are mature enough to follow SOPs while attending physical classes,” he said.

Prof Adarsh Bhatti from Gurukul said, “Coaching centres are being regularly sanitised and we have all arrangements to ensure social distancing among students. Many coaching centres are paying huge rents, have lot of staff on rolls and if they have to shut down, many people will lose jobs.”

Prof Tarun Aggarwal of Knowledge Campus and Prof Parminder Singh of Study Hut, said, “Students coming to us are future doctors. We are helping these students to prepare and fight the challenges ahead.”

Owners of 13 private academies demanded that coaching centres should be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity now and when cases fall further, they may even be allowed to become fully functional.

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