As 1,862 teacher posts for Class 1 and 2 lie vacant and more than 80% principal and headmaster posts in senior and secondary schools are yet to be filled in Nagur district, students are but suffering from the same.
According to sources, out of a total of 489 senior and high schools in the district, about 387 schools do not have a full-time principal or headmaster. “One can only imagine the standard of education in government schools that do not have principals and teachers,” said Purushottam Sharma, a social activist.
Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, not more than 10% posts of the total approved posts can be kept vacant in any of the government, aided or approved schools. This means that of the 10 approved posts, only one post could be kept vacant. However, the percentage of vacancies here is very high. Statistics also show that most of the vacancies fall in rural areas.
Meanwhile, state education minister Kalicharan Saraf denied forming any transfer policy this year. “We will first correct the wrong doing of the previous government with our teachers and only after that we will plan the transfer policies,” Saraf said.
The education minister claimed that the BJP government would overhaul the education system in the state by making one modern school at each village panchayat headquarter level and one English medium school at each block level.