News School of 45,000 named world's biggest

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  1. Leanne Morgan

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    School of 45,000 named world's biggest
    Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:51am AEDT

    The first day in class for any new pupil can be an overwhelming experience, so imagine arriving for lessons as one of 45,000 pupils on the roll-call of the world's biggest school.

    The latest edition of Guinness World Records awards the title to the City Montessori School in the Indian city of Lucknow, with 39,437 registered pupils in the 2010-2011 academic year.

    The school says enrolment numbers have already risen above 45,000, with 2,500 teachers, 3,700 computers, 1,000 classrooms - and one of the hardest first XI cricket teams to break into.

    CMS, as it is known, was opened by Jagdish Gandhi and his wife Bharti in 1959 with a loan of 300 rupees ($5.50 at current rates) and just five pupils.

    Today it sprawls over 20 sites in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, and is as famous for its exam results and international exchange programs as for its scale.

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