On Delhi’s outskirts, schools urgently need teachers


The Delhi government has designated one out of every three city schools as “Schools of Urgent Requirement.” In creating the new designation, the government has signaled its intention to bolster the faculties of the national capital territory’s most overcrowded and underperforming schools.

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The city has applied the Urgent Requirement label to 311 of its 1,011 government schools. They are mostly found in Delhi’s poorest and most crowded neighbourhoods, often towards the city's peripheries — Shahdara, Sonia Vihar, and Seelampur to the east; Sangam Vihar and Badarpur to the south; and a vast swath of outskirts to the north and northwest.

The Directorate of Education has applied the label to only about one-third of government schools. Yet because Urgent Requirement schools tend to be more crowded, they are responsible for educating more than 6.7 lakh students. That’s nearly half of all students enrolled in Delhi government schools.

In an effort to correct this imbalance, the government is assigning most of the available new teachers to Urgent Requirement schools. Of the 1,387 new teachers appointed between January 11 and July 27, more than half were assigned to these schools.

The Delhi government school system has one teacher for about every 30 students as of the 2015-16 school year, the most recent year for which the government supplied data. Yet the student to teacher ratio varies broadly from school to school: the highest is more than 123 while the lowest is less than eight.

Though new teachers were usually assigned to schools with relatively high student to teacher ratios, that was not always the case. Nor were new teachers always sent to the neediest schools.

Karawal Nagar Government Girls Senior Secondary School had a relatively high student to teacher ratio of 49.13, and it was listed as a School of Urgent Requirement. It received 24 new teachers this year, far more than any other school.

Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School, Karawal Nagar, Delhi
Urgent
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2449.13

Yamuna Vihar Government Boys Senior Secondary School No. 2 has an even higher student to teacher ratio: 54.6. But the school was not designated Urgent Requirement and only received one new teacher.

Govt. Boys Sr. Sec. School No.2, Yamuna Vihar, C-Block, Delhi
Not urgent
New teachersStudent to teacher ratio
154.6

More puzzling is the case of Mandoli Extension Government Girls Senior Secondary School. It has a very high student to teacher ratio — 57.7 — and was listed as an Urgent Requirement school, yet it did not receive any new teachers this year.

Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School, Mandoli Extension, Delhi
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057.7

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Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School, Mandoli Extension, Delhi
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Data source Delhi Directorate of Education public circulars and U-DISE 2015-16 school report cards. Map tiles Carto. Map data OpenStreetMap contributors. Header image Class by Rflor from the Noun Project.