Government schools teachers in Delhi are caught in fix. The number of students in their classes is increasing every day, but there are not enough rooms to accommodate them.
From a class of 40 students, several teachers are now teaching classes with up to 75 students.
In the recently declared CBSE results of Class 12, Delhi government schools fared better than public schools.
Most teachers were of the opinion that more schools needed to be constructed soon, otherwise the quality of education would suffer.
Last year, 1.4 lakh students were admitted into Delhi government schools. The construction of new schools, however, did not advance at the same pace.
The Education Department has written a letter to the Revenue Department, asking them to allocate land for the construction of new school buildings.
Figures provided by the Education Department have revealed that four lakh students, on an average, were added to government schools in the last three years.
This means, for instance, if 2,000 students are being admitted per school every year, the government needs to construct at least 50 new schools to accommodate them. On the contrary, last year only 11 new schools were constructed, some of which will be functional only by next year.
There are approximately 15 lakh students enrolled in government schools and 1.7 lakh in government-aided schools.
“We are not being given land, though we have been raising the issue for quite some time. With the implementation of Right to Education we cannot deny anyone admission, but the infrastructure is not able to keep pace with the increase in students. We need to open new schools soon, as the teacher-student ratio in many areas especially in east Delhi has touched 80 in many schools,” said a senior Delhi government official.
Officials also said that many times they had to organise evening classes, which were not as good as morning classes, to accommodate students.