Upset over not being allowed to open shop even after
assurances of taking precautions, proprietors of coaching centres for
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Tests
of English (PTE) and immigration centres protested in Moga on Monday.
Claiming that the immigration and English training sector was a Rs 6,000-
crore industry in Punjab, which provided direct and indirect employment
to thousands of people, they demanded that the centres be allowed to
open for students to get coaching. The centres have been closed since
March 25.
The owners said if buses could run with full capacity and restaurants could
be allowed to offer meals, authorities should allow coaching centres to operate. The centre operators said they would hold
classes in buses and restaurants as a symbolic protest.
There are over 4,000 IELTS and PTE centres in Punjab and nearly 60,000 students are enrolled in these centres. However, not
all centres are registered with appropriate authorities.
Moga Immigration, Travel and IELTS Association vice-president Devpriya Tyagi said coaching centres had bene closed across
the country since the last week of March. “Authorities have not paid heed to our demands, but have allowed buses to operate
with full capacity and even let restaurants and liquor vends function. It seems the authorities want us to provide coaching to
students in busesm” Tyagi said.