“It has been more than six months since the lockdown began. We were not expecting for it to be this long, so naturally we suffered losses during this period. We have had no new admissions for months,” said KL Selvam, trainer at a coaching centre for civil services exams. He said that though online classes were given for those who already registered, it had not been much success as students prefer physical classes, especially in Madurai.
However, on the bright side, when they do reopen, the coaching centres for civil services exams are hoping to see an increase in admissions this year as many may be hesitant to travel to cities like Chennai or Delhi this year due Covid-19.
“Unless we are able to reopen, we cannot even advertise for new admissions. We cannot possibly hold online classes as students are already attending online classes for their school work. Students would not be ready to spend any more time with online classes,” said S Kaviarasan, proprietor of a coaching centre for NEET, JEE and other competitive exams.
With no income, many centres are unable to pay rent or salaries to staff. Coaching centre owners said that they had little representation as a whole to be able to take forward their grievances and requests to the state government. “We hope at least in October, there is some clarity from the government,” said N Mathiazhagan, owner of a coaching centre for competitive exams in KK Nagar.