Noida: A day after the state government announced closure of schools and colleges as precautionary measures to control the spread of corona virus, vigilant residents from Noida started demanding similar directions for private coaching and tuition centres operating in the city.
They emphasised that these institutions should not be spared as gathering of number of students at their centres is more or less similar to what it is at any school and college.
As the coronavirus communicates from an affected person to unaffected one, the government on Friday ordered closure of schools and colleges across the state of Uttar Pradesh as precautionary measure to control it.
Residents argued that there are areas like Sector 15 in Noida and Lakshmi Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar in Delhi, where large number of coaching centres exist.
These areas remain crowded on most of the working hours everyday as large number of students gather for taking classes. Considering this, these centres should also be directed to keep their shutters down till the time the outbreak is controlled.
DK Singh, president of a residential society in Sector 74 and a social activist said that there are coaching centres in which around 200 students are being delivered lectures in one batch.
He said, “The centre should not be spared. They should be told to close the operation for 15 days, which would help to stop communicability of the virus.”
“As the Bihar state government directed all schools, colleges and private coaching centres to remain closed up to March 31, similar direction should be issued for the centres here in the city,” he added.
There are private tuition centres being operated from local markets in the densely populated residential pockets in Noida. They are also imparting education where almost 30 students gathered for one batch. They should also be closed for a fortnight.
Aditya Khanna, another vigilant resident said it is now spreading like an epidemic. He said, “There is potential that the virus may spread from one student to another at these institution. If they are closed for a considerable period of time, it may help to keep the spread of virus under control.”