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Staff shortage hits teaching work

THOUGH THE UP Secondary Education Board has introduced quite a few new subjects for classes IX to XII, their utility remains doubtful due to insufficient teachers.

india Updated: Oct 02, 2006 00:57 IST

THOUGH THE UP Secondary Education Board has introduced quite a few new subjects for classes IX to XII, their utility remains doubtful due to insufficient teachers.

Past couple of years have seen introduction of compulsory subjects like Physical Education and optional subjects like Computer, Anthropology, and Military Education. Praising the efforts of the board in this regard, the teaching community has also expressed its concern over the non-availability teachers of the said subjects.

Talking to Hindustan Times, state working president of the Madhyamik Sikshak Sangh (Panday group) Harishchandra Dixit said that teachers for the newly introduced subjects should be appointed at the earliest. “The board has introduced Physical Education at secondary level, but out of the 123 government aided schools in the city, only 50 per cent have subject teachers,” he said. The situation in private schools is even worse with only 20 per cent of them having physical education teachers, he added.

District convener of the Madhyamik Sikshak Sangh (Sharma group) Prem Mohan Mishra too was happy at the board’s initiative. However, he also stressed on the need to appoint teachers and provide necessary equipments like computer etc for the new subjects.

Mishra complained that the government was yet to supply the computers and other supporting equipments asked by the ten shikshak MLAs of the Sangh last year from the Chief Minister. The MLAs had even offered to donate their one-month’s salary for the purpose, Mishra added.

However, district inspector of schools (DIS) SP Diwedi denied that the shortage of teachers was affecting classes of the new subjects. “Alternate arrangements have been made for Physical Education by all the schools including private institutions,” he said. Admitting that there were not adequate Anthropology teachers, Diwedi said that the Biology teachers could teach the subject for the time being, as the content was quite common.

However, Mishra rejected Diwedi’s suggestions saying that temporary teachers will not be able to provide quality education.