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Students worried as exams approach but no teachers to take classes

The Delhi government’s ambitious plan to build model schools and improve education standards in government schools seems difficult to achieve in the face of a lack of teachers.

education Updated: Aug 07, 2015 13:53 IST
Shradha Chettri
A classroom at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School near north west Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy. (File photo)
A classroom at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School near north west Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy. (File photo)

The Delhi government’s ambitious plan to build model schools and improve education standards in government schools seems difficult to achieve in the face of a lack of teachers.

Students of classes 11-12 in many schools of Delhi are suffering because there aren’t sufficient teachers to take classes.

In some schools it is the lack of science teachers, but at Government Girls Senior Secondary School at SU block in Pitampura, north-west Delhi there are no teachers to take classes for many subjects across all three streams.

For humanities stream, there is no history teacher and since the start of the session the subject has not been taught to the students. In commerce, the situation is even worse as the school has no mathematics teacher since last year.

“Now when we go to colleges and want to study commerce, mathematics becomes compulsory and in our school there is no mathematics teacher only. Last year also same thing had happened and students had failed,” said a student of the school who did not want to be named.

Over 50 students studying in different streams are worried about how they are supposed to write their examination in September.

For students who have chosen science, the situation is worse.

For them only english and economics classes are being held since the start of the academic session.

“We have no idea on what is to be studied for physics, chemistry and biology. We are now being told that teachers from junior classes will be teaching us,” said another student.

Even the authorities in the school accept that there is lack of teachers in the school and say that it is a issue of great concern.

“Getting in teachers to the school are not in our hands,” said a school official.

This is not an isolated case, in July too Hindustan Times had reported about a similar problem in a school at AP block Shalimar Bagh, which had no science teachers.
Hindustan Times had, in May, reported how despite a push towards Make in India, only one-thirds of Delhi government schools offer science as a subject.

Not only that, vacancy in teaching positions is also a big problem as in a number of cases guest teachers are roped in to teach students.