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Hoshangabad SP teaching students of local government schools facing staff crunches

Breaking the stereotypical clamour of corruption, the Hoshangabad SP and his team of police personals are using blackboards and Chalks to bring about a change in the society

Government schools, especially in remote tribal and rural spaces, have often faced a disgusting apathy from numerous stakeholders in the society. We see the lack of interest from teachers, indignation from society and a frequent indifference on the part of authorities. But what is being witnessed in a few schools of Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh might even stoic sceptics of the system.

Amidst the battered walls and dingy roof, a firm hand runs across the broken blackboard. What comes as peculiar is the fact that arm is an extension to a commanding figure wrapped in Khaki. And that man in Khaki is not an unconcerned teacher, but the superintendent of Police for the Hoshangabad District, Mr. A.P. Singh.

As startling it might appear, Government schools in the remote areas of Madhya Pradesh which were running short of teachers are now being served by men with stars on their shoulders. The Madhya Pradesh Police took up this initiative as a variant of the Vidyanjali scheme launched by the HRD Ministry in June 2016. The aim of this scheme is to facilitate voluntary teaching and other co-curricular activities by eminent personalities as a means to bridge the educational resource gap in government schools.

“The initiative has begun and shall continue across the district, to ensure that students in none of the schools face difficulty due to need of teachers,” said the SP A.P.Singh, an alumnus of Delhi’s Hansraj College and a 2010 batch IPS officer who is teaching students of standard 10th at the SNG school of excellence in Hoshangabad. Along with him, a team of 90 police personnel and pledged their support and our teaching in 23 schools across the district.

At a time when the word POLICE sends a shiver of fear and mistrust across many, this step by the police officials at Hoshangabad can be a game changer. Not only it will prove to be an immensely fruitful initiative for the students but will also be a big blow to shatter the stereotypical image of corruption and inactivity that perspires in the mind of the society.

Priyansh Soni | TOC
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