Coaching centers operate despite increase in COVID cases

CCs sealed in Bandipora, strict action against others

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Jan 10: Flouting the norms and COVID SOPs that were issued by the Government in the wake of rising positive cases, scores of coaching centres were today seen operating even as the students were seen appealing to the administration to take action against the violators.
Several coaching centres were seen up and running in Rajbagh, Parry Pora including several other areas under the nose of the administration, however, so far there has not been any action taken.
However, the Coaching Centres Association of Kashmir (CCAK) expressed its disappointment over the Government decision to close the coaching centres in the wake of an increase in Covid cases.
The Association said that whenever there is even a slight increase in COVID cases, the education sector becomes the first casualty.
“We fail to understand why the Government seems to be keen to close down education sectors in the wake of even a slight increase in covid cases. After closing down schools and education institutes for years, the government has now closed down the only functional classes which were working hard to compensate for the loss of academics to these students,” CCAK said.
On the other hand, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Aijaz Asad told Excelsior that the violations were reported to the administration, however, he said, the coaching centres have been told to adhere to guidelines come what may.
“We have conveyed it to them and from tomorrow, if there is any violation reported, stern action will be initiated against them,” he said.
Authorities sealed several coaching centres in Bandipora district for allegedly flouting COVID-19 norms. A joint team of officers led by tehsildar Bandipora Sheikh Tariq inspected several coaching centres in the town to review the implementation of Covid appropriate behaviour.
He said the team comprising officers of education and health departments sealed several coaching centres that were operating in violation of the government orders.
Bandipora Deputy Commissioner Owais Ahmad has urged people to follow Covid protocol in letter and spirit. He said as the graph of the virus is going up in the country, people need to be extra cautious to avoid the third wave.
The CCAK, however, believes that the students are paying a heavy price for the current situation as their studies have been heavily affected.
“As of now all the activities of life like festivals, business establishments, overcrowded public transport, rallies go on normally, but only the academic classes are being targeted,” it said.
The Association said that instead of closing the coaching centres, the Government should implement strict CAB and that is the best way to defeat Covid.
“Multiple studies have shown that complete lockdown doesn’t help in prevention and instead it increases the suffering of people, especially students,” CCAK said.