Transcending its duty of maintaining law and order, a police station in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city has been holding English tutorials for children from slum areas on its premises.
As a part of a community policing programme, Pundalik Nagar police station has started English classes for children from nearby slums, for a period of 15 days, with the assistance of a teacher, an official told PTI.
It has been three days since the classes have begun and 14 children are attending the same, he said.
“Children are unable to attend schools because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and plenty of don’t have facilities to attend classes online. Considering the scenario, we made up our minds to arrange for tutorials for English and mathematics,” assistant police inspector Ghanshyam Sonawane said.
The classes were started for 14 middle school students, of which six had not even attended online classes throughout the lockdown, the official said.
S P Jawalkar, the retired headmaster of a native school, volunteered to be a part of the project and has been conducting the classes for free, he said.
Classes are being conducted in compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocol by maintaining social distancing, keeping masks and sanitisers handy, the official said.
The classes are currently held for one and a half hours each day on the roof of the police station, he added.