A police station in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city has transcended its duty of maintaining law and order and started English tutorials for children from slum areas on its premises. As part of a community policing programme, Aurangabad’s Pundalik Nagar police station has started English classes for children from nearby slums, for a period of 15 days, with the help of a teacher, an official told PTI. Also Read: Odisha woman provides free education to tribal children near their homes in Bhubaneswar
The official further said, it has been three days since the classes have begun and a total of 14 students have been attending these classes. Also Read: Bengaluru: This cop teaches children of migrant workers every day before reporting for duty
Speaking about this initiative, assistant police inspector Ghanshyam Sonawane told, “Children are unable to attend schools due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and many don’t have facilities to attend classes online. Considering the scenario, we decided to arrange for tutorials for English and mathematics.”
The official also stated that the classes were started for 14 middle school students, of which six had not even attended online classes during the coronavirus lockdown. Also Read: Kerala: Vithura police officers double up as teachers for tribal children during a lockdown
S P Jawalkar, the retired headmaster of a local school, volunteered to be part of the project and has been conducting the classes for free so that these students who mostly belong to the economically weaker section of society get an opportunity to learn during the lockdown, the official told PTI.
The classes are currently held for 1.5 hours each day on the roof of the police station. Which are being held in compliance with the Covid-19 safety guidelines released by the government by maintaining social distancing, keeping masks and sanitisers handy, the official said.
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