Police-public school to start in city this month

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Nagpur, July 3 (UNI) The City Police and a private educational institution have joined hands to start a 'police-public' school here, which will be only the third of its kind in Maharashtra.

The police department have provided land and building infrastructure for the institution, named 'Police Public School' (PPS), which would be formally inaugurated on July 18 to coincide with 'Guru Pournima', according to Commissioner of Police (CP) S P Singh. J K Education Society, which runs the chain of 'Modern School' here, would take care of the teaching and administration, including payment of salaries, he said.

The school would begin with kindergarten and Standard I this year, and go on to add classes in progression every year up to Standard X, Mr Singh said. While 50 per cent of the seats would be reserved for wards of policemen, the remaining would be open for other students, he said.

Asserting that no donation would be charged from parents seeking admission for their children, Mr Singh said that the monthly tuition fees for wards of policemen would be a quarter of that charged from other students. The City police has entered into an 11-year agreement with J K Education Society for running the school, the CP said.

The police administration would release an amount of Rupees 1.5 crore from its welfare fund for the development of PPS, which would follow the syllabus of the Maharashtra state education board, Mr Singh said. The first such school was opened in Pune in 2002, and another in Thane in 2006, he added.

J K Education Society Secretary S M Joshi said there would be 40 students in each section. The plans were to open four sections for each class, he added.

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