Government schools in Hoshangabad district (nearly 80 km from Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal) — which have been facing a severe shortage of teachers — have a new saviour among the men in khakhi.
Taking a cue from the Centre’s Vidyanjali project — launched recently to recruit volunteers for solving the problem of shortage of teachers at schools — the Hoshangabad district police launched its own variant of the project on Friday in the district.
Hoshangabad superintendent of police AP Singh, who launched the project, taught English and moral science for students of Class 10 at SNG School of Excellence in Hoshangabad on Friday.
Singh’s deputy, additional SP Shashank Garg, also donned the teacher’s hat in another school a few hours later.
However, the inaugural day exercise had to be cut short owing to the custodial death of a burglary suspect at the Seoni Malwa police station, prompting all police officials to rush to the spot.
“The initiative has begun and the show will now go on full throttle across the district, to ensure that students in none of the schools face difficulty due to want of teachers,” said Singh, an alumnus of Delhi’s Hansraj College and a 2010 batch IPS officer.
The police have identified 23 schools facing a staff crunch and have put together a team of 90 police officials, who have volunteered to teach students from Class 1 to Class 12.
All 90 cops — from constables to additional SPs who have volunteered for the project — will take classes in subjects of their expertise from 8 am to 1 pm.
“The exercise will not only address the staff crunch in schools but also help the country’s future connect with the cops easily and ally their apprehensions about the police force. We’ll be their teachers ad friends in khakhi who will help shape their academic future,” the SP added.