Let’s open offices to run online coaching courses: Owners in Mumbai | Bombay News
City coaching course owners have urged the state government to ease some lockdown rules so they can run their courses smoothly in online mode
The city’s coaching course owners have urged the state government to relax some lockdown rules so they can run their courses smoothly in online mode.
In a letter sent to the government on Tuesday, the Maharashtra Class Owners Association (MCOA) demanded that the government allow classroom owners to open their offices and premises at least for teachers and staff members for the time being. “Until now, we were allowed to keep our office open and hold online conferences from our classes because we have better internet facility and layouts in our premises. Now we are not allowed to open our classroom premises. We are not even able to properly conduct our online sessions and meet with parents for proper guidance. The second lockdown closed all our survival options and broke our spine,” indicates the letter sent by MCOA.
The association has also called on the government to allow offline classes once the reopening process resumes in the state. Since many students are not comfortable with online classes, they do not participate in coaching classes, which has reduced our revenue by 60-70% over the past year. We ask the government to allow us to lecture offline from our classes and restart our industry after unlocking this lockdown with proper SOPs and guidelines so that we can consolidate and relaunch soon,” said Santosh Vaskar, President of the MCOA. All non-essential shops and establishments in the city have been closed since April 5, in accordance with orders from the state government and the BMC.
Coaching classes in several parts of the state such as Mumbai and Pune remain closed since March last year. The MCOA and several other coaching course organizations had previously asked the government to allow them to reopen for offline courses with proper standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place.