Private schools and water companies asking state for help during crisis ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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More than 15,500 establishments have applied for the Estonian Unemployment Fund (Töötukassa) employee remuneration benefits, mainly in manufacturing, commerce, accommodation, and catering. Some non-profit organizations, water companies and private schools have also requested aid.

One of the private schools affected by the crisis is the International School of Tallinn, the turnover of which has fallen sharply, according to school director Olavi Otepalu. The school applied for remuneration benefits for 21 employees.

"Our turnover declined by a lot, for sure, some parents pulled their children out of school immediately. We instantly had many applications for tuition concessions and plenty of letters of resignation," Otepalu told ERR.

An international school has many additional expenses related to the specificity of it, Otepalu added. "We were forced to reduce our employees' working hours, school groups could not be maintained, after-school child-minding services were disbanded and several events could not be carried out," he listed.

Of private schools, both Rocca al Mare school and Russian-language Edu Valem have applied for unemployment benefits, in addition to many private kindergartens, driving schools and hobby schools.

Water companies have also applied for financial aid, as major customers such as spas and water parks are closed. Haapsalu Veevärk has applied for benefits for 19 employees. Among non-profit organizations, the Estonian Union of Cooperative Housing has requested aid.

"We are a large consultative institution with our own training center. We had to cancel all courses in March and April," union head Andres Jaadla told ERR. The cooperative housing union's €20,000 turnover of last March was reduced to €2,000 this year.

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