In what has come as a relief to students, parents and owners of coaching institutes, study centres in the city will finally resume their classes from Thursday after a three-day hiatus.
The move follows UT deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin relaxing the implementation of his order imposing Section 144 (prohibition on assembly of more than five people) around coaching institutes during school hours (till 2 pm).
The decision came after parents and students pressurised the administration over the issue, with students needing to prepare for the board as well as the competitive exams.
Representatives of around 45 coaching centres met the DC on Wednesday and also met UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki. They gave it in writing to the DC that no classes would be held during school hours. Interestingly, schools will remain closed over the next 15 days. The administrator also summoned UT adviser Vijay Dev, who was asked to find a permanent solution at the earliest.
UT deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin told HT, “I have relaxed the implementation of the orders for next next 15 days, keeping the examinations in mind. However, the order stands. Coaching centres can continue with their classes as schools are closed and students need to prepare for their exams.”
He added, “From the next session, no coaching centre will be allowed to admit students who are enrolled in schools.
They will have to maintain a proper record, which will be checked by the administration. Schools must improve standards. We will also brief schools and check institutions indulging in dummy admission. Schools will be asked to submit attendance record in Classes 11 and 12.”
What was the order
The DC had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC (prohibition on assembly of more than five people) on Februray 13, stating that the owners, management or teachers of all coaching centers, teaching shops or tuition centres have been asked not function during the school hours fixed by the UT education department, CBSE and ICSE. The order was imposed for 60 days.
Other orders rolled back
September 2014: Former home secretary Anil Kumar had rejected Shayin’s appeal to review his order, recommending a vigilance probe into the functioning of committees constituted by the DC to assess market fee evasion by two firms at Sec-26 grain market.
The DC’s order for sealing of booths in Sector 41 was also quashed by the UT finance secretary, who also stayed his order to seal commercial buildings.
Ban relaxation a relief
Arvind Goyal, academician and spokesperson of Chandigarh Educationist’s Association (CEA) welcomed the move of the DC,
“We were concerned for the performance of students in the upcoming board exams. This relaxation is a big relief.”
“It is great news for us that classes will resume now. Our children were in lot of stress, but it’s good news that things are settled,” said Sangeeta Bishnoi, a parent.
Some coaching centre owners also questioned the competence of schools, claiming that they were sought after as schools did not teach properly.
“The administration should question the schools if students do not have proper attendance. It was pointless to exercise control over us, as we are doing what ideally schools should be doing,” claimed Ravi Khanna, a coaching centre owner.