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COVID-19 2nd Wave: Parents Question Functioning Of Coaching Centres Amid Closure Of Schools

Holding physical classes in this prevailing situation would prove deadly


Srinagar, April 11: Keeping all the schools closed in view of the spike in COVID-19 positive cases across Jammu and Kashmir, Parents question authorities over the functioning of Coaching Centres.

The parents have expressed their concern over the functioning of coaching centers without following the covid SOPs and maintaining proper social distance at these centers.

They said that the coaching centers usually remain crowded and holding physical classes amid the prevailing situation would prove deadly for the students and the staff as well.

Earlier the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered the temporary closure of all schools up to class 12th till April 18.

Government should direct coaching centers to take online classes as they hardly follow any guidelines/SOPs in centers, said a parent Mohammad Altaf.

“Is covid only for the schools ? Altaf questions the government”.

Similarly, another parent Sajad Ahmed said, if the decision of closing schools was taken to prevent the spread of this virus, how could the administration allow coaching centers to function normally.

“Parks and gardens remain open, are they covid free zones”, Sajad said, adding government must come up with a solution as we can’t see our children suffer because of continued breaks in the educational sector due to this covid.

Meanwhile, the Private Schools’ Association Sopore in north Kashmir seeks permission for the reopening of schools in zone Sopore.

In a memorandum presented to the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Sopore Parveez Sajad, The association advocated the adherence to strict protocols and SOPs in the school campuses while holding physical classes.

Likewise, the working of coaching centers with inadequate Protocols for the safety of students in these centers was also mentioned in the memorandum.

Pertinently, the government had earlier said that the decision about the functioning of coaching centers would be announced two days after the schools were closed in Jammu and Kashmir but till date, no decision was taken so far.