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Tamil Software
அழகி மென்பொருள்
  
Tamil-English bilingual webmagazine dedicated to education of the masses through E-books, articles, worldwide informations, Slideshows,
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THE WORLD'S BIGGEST SCHOOL

Courtesy: Kalakad Subramanian

The worlds biggest school: 47,000 pupils in 1,000 classrooms run by 3,800 staff in India

Dr Jagdish Gandhi started the school in 1959 with only five pupils

He believes every child has the right to an education The school receives no government funding; parents are charged a small fee for their children to attend Starting from humble beginnings in a building with just five pupils, City Montessori school in India is now the world's largest - with a staggering 47,000 attendees.

It is so large a packed Anfield football stadium could comfortably attend - with room to spare. The school, known as CMS, employs an army of 3,800 staff, including teachers, support staff, cleaners, rickshaw drivers, and even electricians, carpenters and gardeners.

The school receives no government funding; children's parents are charged a low fee for their children to attend Record breaking: City Montessori School, in India is the world's largest with 47,0000 students, but they still have room to congregate outside for morning prayers

It has over 1,000 classrooms, 3,700 computers and goes through thousands of pounds worth of stationary and books each year. Based in the city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, CMS was set up by Dr Jagdish Gandhi, 75, and his wife Bharti in 1959 with just five pupils. Today, it sprawls over 20 campuses across the city - and is still growing despite more than doubling in size during the last 14-years alone. Dr. Gandhi said: 'I founded this school with great difficulty back in 1959. I was beating the drum all around the part of Lucknow that I live for 15 days but no one came.

Dr Ghandi said: 'I believe that we should not deny children the right to education.'

Dr Ghandi said: 'I believe that we should not deny children the right to education.'

Classes contain on average 40-50 pupils

Dr Jagdish Gandhi the co-founder of City Montessori School

Dr Jagdish Gandhi, right, the co-founder of City Montessori School began in 1959 with just five pupils. Now, on average, classes contain 40 to 50 students and teachers say lessons work well with that number

47,000 pupils attend largest school in the world in India

'It was only when me and my wife persuaded a woman to send the children from her extended family that it all started, and even then it was only five children.

'We started from very humble beginnings and back then we only had a loan of 300 rupees (3 at current rates) to fund our school.

'But from word of mouth it slowly spread and children started coming. Year after year the numbers swelled.

'I never thought that one day we would have the world's biggest school. There are over 20 campuses around Lucknow and we are bigger than the population of many towns.'

Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, 75, and his wife Bharti in 1959 with just five pupils. Today, it sprawls over 20 campuses across the city - and is still growing

The school's rapid growth saw it officially recognised by the 2013 Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest, taking the crown from Rizal High School in Manila, Philippines, which had just 19,738 pupils.

Dr. Gandhi added: 'It was a proud moment for us when we were included in the record book.

'But since then we have kept growing - in the last 14 years the number has more than doubled from 22,000

'I believe that we should not deny children the right to education.'

CMS employs an army of 3,800 staff, including teachers, support staff, cleaners, rickshaw drivers, and even electricians, carpenters and gardeners

Workforce: CMS employs an army of 3,800 staff, including teachers, support staff, cleaners, rickshaw drivers, and even electricians, carpenters and gardeners

CMS's sheer size means it has never convened for an assembly - because there is no venue large enough to house them all. Geeta Kingdon, the current head teacher and daughter of founder Dr. Gandhi, said: 'The whole of Lucknow would be jammed if we tried because one bus holds 50 children, so we'd need 1,000 buses to bring them together.'

The school receives no government funding, instead charging a relatively modest 1,000 rupees (12) a month in fees for younger pupils, rising to 2,500 (30) a month for seniors.

Some of its past alumni have gone on to work for the United Nations, studied at Harvard and worked for Goldman Sachs. Current pupil Kanika Gupta, 14, of Class 9J, said: 'I could not imagine going to a smaller school.

'Being at the world's largest school means you get to make lots of friends and meet many different people, with different interests and tastes.

Some of its past alumni have gone on to work for the United Nations, studied at Harvard and worked for Goldman Sachs

The school prides itself on its high values and ethics and teaches children how to be good citizens within the community

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