The situation in government senior secondary schools in Macchiwara area is dismal when it comes to teacherstudent ratio.
Due to vacant posts of teachers in schools here, the existing teachers are forced to take classes by combining sections. During a visit to gover nment schools of Macchiwara, it was found that there was acute shortage of teachers and even the posts of subject teachers were lying vacant.
As per the Right to Education Act (RTE), the teacher-pupil ratio should be 1:40, but, here, a single teacher could be taking a class of as many as 70 students.
At Government Senior Secondary School (Boys), Macchiwara, 14 posts of teachers are lying vacant. There are 33 sanctioned posts. The total strength of students Iin the school is 850. The school has only one teacher, who teaches science and mathematics to all the classes. The post of physical education teachers too is lying vacant for four years. The office secretaryship vocational course is being taught by the school principal, while two other posts are lying vacant. Every teacher in the school has to take 36-40 periods in a week. The posts of watchman and librarian are also lying vacant. For the school safety, the school has hired a watchman and the school teachers are contributing for his salary.
Prem Singh, principal of the school, said, “Due to posts lying vacant, I have asked the teachers to combine the classes. Further, I am taking classes every day. As there is no post for commerce in our school, so we are not offering this stream. Due to this, 12 of our students had taken admission in Government Senior Secondary School, Boys, Samrala.”
At Government Senior Secondary School, Hambowal Bet, Macchiwara, there are 37 sanctioned posts, of which 8 non-teaching and 14 teachers’ posts are lying vacant. There is only one English lecturer in the school who is serving on deputation from Chandigarh NCERT for the past one year. The school has 564 students.
There is no teacher in the school to teach Punjabi as two posts are lying vacant and two posts of Hindi teachers are also lying vacant. One post of science teacher and two of mathematics are lying vacant. The post of physical education teacher is also vacant and there is no sweeper, clerk, peon in the school.
The school is offering humanities and vocational courses to the students. The school has stopped offering science stream as fewer students were opting for this stream.
Balbir Singh, principal of the school, said, “We have written to the higher authorities about the vacant posts. Further, the main problem we are facing is we have no English teacher in the school and other teachers of opther subjects are taking English classes. Earlier, we used to collect parentteacher association funds from the students and from that fund we used to pay to the hired teachers. But now the Punjab government has fixed the PTA fund amount, so, we can’t hire teachers as the fund collected is not enough to pay the teachers.”
Talking to Hindustan Times, education minister Sikander Singh Maluka said, “Due to court cases we feel helpless as every time we try to recruit teachers, several candidates approach court. So, we have approached the court to expedite cases so that we can fill the posts and improve the quality of education in government schools.