With clear guidelines issued to schools in Delhi for interrupt all offline teaching and learning activities, owners of many training centers are questioning why similar policies are not being issued to them.
When the national blockade was imposed last year, training centers closed along with all other institutions and transferred all online teaching and learning activities.
Throughout the restrictions being relaxed and now new rules are being formulated due to the growing number of Covid cases, government guidelines have been issued for the operation of different types of institutions, such as schools, colleges, markets, restaurants, shopping malls, gyms, etc. But there were no instructions for training centers in Delhi, many of which are concentrated in areas such as Mukherjee Nagar, Kalu Sarai, Karol Bagh, Laxmi Nagar, Munirka and Rajinder Nagar.
On Friday, the Delhi government education directorate notified that all schools should stop academic activities offline for students in grades IX through XII until further notice.
Owners of several training centers have said they want a clear set of guidelines for their operation to resolve ambiguity regarding their status.
“This is the admission season for training centers and, in the absence of any clear instructions for them, some centers are hiring new students, saying that they would continue with classes offline,” said Keshav Aggarwal, president of the Educators Society , an umbrella organization of more than 300 coaching institutes in Delhi.
According to Aggarwal, after schools reopened, many coaching institutes began calling students in grades X and XII for offline sessions.
“Many training institutes have been challenged for disregarding Covid standards. But these challenges were issued for not maintaining social distancing standards and had nothing to do with the fact that they were teaching offline, ”he said.
Sumit Varma, who teaches coaching classes to schools and graduate students on Pusa Road, said: “There are restrictions on all activities now and we also need to follow the protocols in place. But no notification was issued to coaching institutes. When schools reopened for students in grades X and XII, many parents wanted training institutes to conduct classes offline. But now nobody knows what these institutes are supposed to do. “