Some students prefer free & paid material already available online
All the coaching centres and institutes are closed since the announcement of lockdown in the State during March due to which many institutes are providing online classes to the students. While the institutes providing coaching to school and college students are uncertain about the revival of their business in the coming months, some coaching centres are planning to make their classes totally digital for the new batches to prepare students for competitive exams as an effort to continue coaching and revive their business in the current crisis. According to the director of Prayag IAS Academy, AK Khan, his team is preparing a plan focusing on the preparation for civil services entrance exams through online mode for the new batch of students. He said that exams for civil services are approaching and the online classes might help students appearing for these exams while also helping the institute to survive in the present crisis. Some coaching centre owners said that they are trying to plan out new things to make the online session more interactive for students by regularly asking the input of students and faculty members.
Furthermore, the faculty members of some institutes also mentioned that the severity of the condition of a coaching institute in the current crisis depends on the type of classes provided by the institute. According to a faculty member of Amrit Classes, Pranjal Mehta, those institutes which provide classes to school or college students are currently suffering the most. “Since the syllabus of college students is mostly finished by March, nobody will join to study for the next session in the current scenario. Also, the schools are not open so parents will not enroll their children for coaching classes,” said Mehta. He further informed that the institutes which provide coaching to students preparing for competitive exams like JEE, UPSC, banking and NEET among others are doing better than others. Faculty member of Global Education Centre, Shourya Sharma said that parents are also facing financial issues like everybody else, therefore they are avoiding coaching classes for their children. Since the competitive exams will be organised by the government in the coming months, some students are attending online classes but not all, added Sharma. According to various coaching institute operators, students pay for the individual attention and consideration during a physical class and this is the reason several students have stopped joining the e-classes. They said that many of the students were from rural areas and since most of them had returned home during the lockdown, they are not interested in e-classes. Some students opine that there is enough material available online- free as well as paid, which is quite cheaper than coaching centres’ fee.
The CEO of Achieverz Classes, Manu Pant said that the worst of Covid-19 pandemic is yet to come. Therefore, the situation of coaching institutes is not going to get any better in the next few months. He opined that the schools will probably reopen from September and parents will not risk sending their children to coaching centres too. He said that his coaching institute is closed for months now because there are so many options available online that the parents are not ready to pay for e-classes.
Coaching centre operators want government’s help to pay the rent
Some owners of coaching centres who operate their business from rented premises stated that they are still being asked to pay rent for their institutes which have been closed for three months when they are earning almost nothing. The president of Uttarakhand Coaching and Library Association (UCLA) Savindra Singh said that most of the coaching institutes in the State are operated from rented spaces with the monthly rent ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs one lakh and since the earnings of almost every institute is currently negligible, it is hard to pay the rent. He said that the association has written letters to Uttarakhand governor, Dehradun district magistrate and Dehradun mayor so far stating that the coaching centre operators are not capable to pay the full rent to the building owners, therefore either the government should help them to deposit the 50 per cent fee or the owners should waive half of the rent. He said that the families of students are also going through financial crisis, therefore, they cannot force them to deposit the fee.
Friday, 19 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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