The HRD ministry will ask the states on Tuesday to appoint more teachers for mathematics and sciences to improve quality of school education in India.
The National Council for Educational Research and Training had recently found that over 50 per cent of class V level government school students fail to solve simple mathematics questions like multiple addition and subtraction.
“We would ask the state education secretaries at a conference on Tuesday to appointment at least two teachers for maths and science,” a senior HRD ministry official told HT.
In the two-day conference, the HRD ministry will review progress of its schemes for school education – Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal and Adult Education programme — with state education secretaries. The ministry will also seek feedback on the Central government proposal to open 6,000 new model secondary schools in the country.
Admitting of huge shortfall of teachers, the HRD ministry official said the states would be requested to speed up recruitment of teachers to fill vacancies. However, the focus of recruitment would be for maths and sciences. “The state governments can take some policy initiatives to recruit qualified teachers for schools, he added.
The ministry will also express its concern over only 13.43 per cent schools in India having computers.