A police station in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad has transcended its duty of maintaining law and order in the area and started conducting English classes on its premises for school students from slum areas during the closure of schools.
Pundalik Nagar police station in Aurangabad has started English classes for children from nearby slums, for a period of 15 days, with the help of a teacher as part of a community service programme, an official stated.
The official further said that the classes have been going on for three days as of today and a total of 14 students have been attending these classes, brushing up on their English. These students mostly belong to the economically weaker section of society and have limited access to tuitions.
The official also stated that the classes have been started for 14 middle school students from areas, of which six had not even attended online classes conducted by their schools during the Covid-19 lockdown.
English, maths classes for slum kids
Talking about this initiative, assistant police inspector Ghanshyam Sonawane said, “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.”
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 from slum areas get an opportunity to learn during the lockdown, the official told PTI.
There are only 14 students in the classes, which are being held in compliance with the Covid-19 safety guidelines released by the government, including the wearing of masks at all times and strictly following the social distancing norms.
As of now, the classes are being held for 1.5 hours each day on the roof of the police station in Aurangabad. The classes will be conducted for a total of 15 days under the community service programme.