Owners optimistic about the reopening of coaching classes
Regarding the possibility of the reopening of coaching centres and institutes in Dehradun by administration next month, the owners of these institutes opined it will be a challenge to accommodate the students with the new management methods as per the Covid-19 guidelines. According to the president of Uttarakhand Coaching and Library Association (UCLA), Savindra Singh, the work of the management will be more than twice the work before. “We will have to teach a single batch of students in two batches and since the number of classes will double, the teachers will definitely ask for additional payment. We will have to invest double time besides doing some additional investment but our coaching institutes would still not make any profit for at least the first six months. However, we are optimistic about the reopening of the coaching classes because something is better than nothing in the current scenario,” said Singh.
The members of UCLA said that they will decide the number of students in a class on the basis of space available to the each institute. Besides this, they will also have to ensure thermal screening and proper physical distancing among the students and staff during the classes, said the members. According to the owner of Samarpan Classes, Sanjeev Naithani, it will be harder to operate the coaching institutes for the owners of small centres because they will need more resources and investment to continue their classes in the city. “We cannot increase the fee of students as they are going through the same crisis like us and even if we do, many will probably refrain of joining the coaching classes,” said Naithani.
Meanwhile, the members of the association recently met Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat about the issues the operators of the coaching centres are facing due to pandemic. “We told the CM that the coaching institutes are going through severe crisis and requested the State government to provide us the loans under Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) so that we can support our business too. He has assured us to do something in this matter. His response appeared to be quite positive and we hope we get the aid from the government,” added Singh. He also added that since most of the coaching centres operate in a rented building, the issue of paying rent of the last few months still exists before them. “Some landlords have given time to pay them when the classes resume while a few have completely waived off the rent. However, most of the owners are still not able to pay the rent so we request such landlords to give some relaxation to the coaching classes in these difficult times,” stated Singh.
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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