Single teachers or those on deputation are running the government primary schools being run by the zila parishad in Macchiwara. The scarcity of teachers has affected the school strength drastically this year.
It is a violation of the Right to Education Act, according to which, there must be two to five teachers deputed in primary schools, but in Macchiwara there are more than 21 schools which are running with single teachers and 13 have t e achers on deputation. There are total 61 gover nment primary schools under zila parishad in Macchiwara.
At Government Primary School, Loharian, there are only eight students in the school and a single teacher is teaching them. Class 1 has two students; Class 2, Class 3, and Class 4 have one student each; and there are three students in Class 5. Last year, the school had 1 2 s t udents. As the school is without a teacher from the past two years, a teacher is deputed from Gover nment Primary School, Sherian.
The single teacher is teaching all subjects, including English, Hindi, maths, social studies and science, in defiance of the RTE Act, which provides for appointment of appropriately trained teachers for every subject.
At Government Primary School, Akal Garh Bet, there were 10 students last year, but now it has only five students. A single teacher is teaching the students. There is one student each in Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3; no student in Class 4; and Class 5 has two students.
One of the teachers, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Due to shortage of teachers, parents have shown less interest and have admitted their children in private schools. Further, it is difficult to teach students of five different classes at one point of time.”
At Government Primary School, Sherian, there are 37 students. Last year, the strength at the school was 44. There are two sanctioned posts of teacher in the school, but one of them is on deputation at the Loharian school.
Another teacher said, “It is difficult to teach students of five different classes. There is a need for more teachers here. Apart from teaching, all subjects, I am taking care of midday meal, clerical and other work also.”
Zila Parishad chairman, Ludhiana, Bhag Singh said, “We have been recruiting teachers, but due to court cases we have stopped the process. I am aware that government schools are facing shortage of teachers and recruitment is the solution for this. So, once we get nod from the court we will start the process again.”