The Meghalaya Upliftment Network (MEGUN), which is involved in providing coaching for the NEET entrance exam, has petitioned the state government to consider reopening coaching centres that have remained closed since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown last year.
“Many coaching centres are finding it extremely difficult and are struggling to make their businesses stay afloat due to the continued closure,” MEGUN said in a letter to Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui.
As Meghalaya opened up slowly last year, and especially after standard operating procedures were issued for the reopening of schools, MEGUN had hoped to see coaching centres also being given permission to restart operations, but this has yet to come to pass.
“The coaching centre industry is important and can’t be ignored with the upcoming NEET exam to be conducted possibly by mid-2021 and considering the fact that NEET repeaters and Class 12 passed students are eagerly waiting for classroom coaching to resume. Not all teaching can happen online, especially for students of Class 12 where we need to give them personal attention,” the letter to Rymbui said.