Even as the human resource ministry recently sanctioned 1,108 teaching posts for the city, over 600 out of already existing 3,250 posts continues to remain vacant. Add this to the 200 teaching vacancies under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the total vacancies in the teaching posts in the city comes to 800.
The city has nearly 4,400 teachers, including SSA staff. The annual of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, submitted by the UT education department to the central government reveals that the subject of social studies faces an acute staff crunch, with 101 of the sanctioned 538 posts vacant.
This number includes Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) and Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs).
Likewise, the department is also short of staff for science subjects, with 43 of the 258 sanctioned posts vacant in the non-medical stream and 53 of the 182 posts vacant in the medical stream.
While the city has 1,058 sanctioned posts for Junior Basic Teachers (JBT), recruited to teach Class 1 to 5, 133 remain unfilled.
Subjects such as in PTI, home science and maths also face a considerable shortfall. If one were to exclude the 150 contract teachers and 300-guest faculty currently working the several schools across the city to fill the staff crunch, the picture projected is grim, particularly when taken in the light of the poor academic performance by students in government schools across the city.
Further, the recruitment rules state that teachers on contract will have to leave their jobs once the department fills the posts.
A department official said that the posts were largely vacant due to the retirement of the teachers. While the recent extension of services of the government employees, which has slowed the retirement process, may have come as a blessing, the department will have to fill the posts eventually, said the official.
Meanwhile, sources attribute the vacant posts to the casual approach of the department. While some of these posts could be filled promotions, the department continues to sit over them.
Blaming the department for the delaying the recruitment process, UT cadre education teachers’ association president Swarn Singh Kamboj said, “The consequences (of the delay) are for all to see. A large number of students are failing in government schools,” he said.
While the senior officials of the department could not be contacted, an official said that the department was considering filling the vacant posts while recruiting teachers for the newly sanctioned posts.
In March, the HRD ministry sanctioned 1,108 posts, including 683 TGTs, 342 JBTs and 83 of the nursery-teaching cadre, besides 22 non-teaching posts, for the city.