41,000 teacher posts vacant in 1.23 lakh govt schools in MP
The shortage of more than 41,000 teachers in government-run schools across Madhya Pradesh is affecting the quality of teaching in the state, officials said on Tuesday.indore Updated: Nov 16, 2016 09:59 IST
The shortage of more than 41,000 teachers in government-run schools across Madhya Pradesh is affecting the quality of teaching in the state, officials said on Tuesday.
The number of vacancies for teachers in more than 1.23 lakh government-run primary, secondary and higher secondary schools in the state has gone up from 36,000 to 41,000 in the last three years.
In 2013, there were 36,000 vacant posts for teachers, but after a recruitment drive the number had come down to 18,000. By 2016, however, the number has gone up to 41,000.
“We have a shortage of teachers across the state and, over the years, the number of vacancies has increased,” said Deepak Joshi, minister of state for school education.
Govt is taking a number of measures to overcome shortage: Minister
“The state government is taking a number of measures to overcome the shortage at the earliest,” Joshi told Hindustan Times.
Indore district joint director of education OL Mandloi said there is a shortage of teachers in the district too. “We have hired guest teachers to fill up the vacancies,” he said. “The number of teachers required has been calculated by the state education department. I won’t be able to comment on the exact number of vacancies as it is a state-level issue.”
Joshi said there had been a delay of three years in the recruitment process of teachers. “In 2013, when we decided to fill up the vacancies, we thought of accepting online applications but it was not possible as we did not have the infrastructure to handle the large number of submissions,” he said.
He further said that Vyapam scam, too, was one of the reasons for the delay. “Vyapam scam broke out during the period due to which we had to slow down the recruitment process.”
RTE guidelines state the student-teacher ratio should be 35:01
The Right to Education guidelines state that the student-teacher ratio should be 35:01, which is not being followed in most government schools.
In spite of the shortage of teachers and delay in recruiting the new teachers, the state school education department has taken a number of steps to clear the backlog by starting the recruitment process, Joshi said. “The department has made temporary arrangements like merging of classes and engaging guest faculty in schools where the number of teachers is less,” he said.
Both the minister and the joint director said that with measures being taken, students’ studies were not being affected.
‘We have appointed guest teachers’
“Students are not at all at a loss as their studies are being taken care of. That is why we have appointed guest teachers,” said Mandloi.
There are a total of 83,945 primary schools, 30,417 middle schools, 3,825 high schools and 4,733 higher secondary schools run by the government in Madhya Pradesh.