Going beyond its duty of maintaining law and order, a police station in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city has been holding English classes on its premises, for children from slum areas.
Pundalik Nagar police station has started English classes for children from nearby slums, as part of a community policing programme, for a period of 15 days. An official told PTI that this is being done with the help of a teacher. At least 14 children are attending the classes.
“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 New Indian Express quoted assistant police inspector Ghanshyam Sonawane as saying.
The classes were started for 14 middle school students. Six of them had not even attended online classes during the lockdown.
The classes are being conducted by S P Jawalkar, the retired headmaster of a local school for free. He volunteered to be part of the project.
COVID-19 protocols are being maintained while conducting the classes, including maintaining social distancing, keeping masks and sanitisers handy.
The classes are currently held on the roof of the police station for one and a half hours every day.