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U’khand govt accepts shortage of teachers in state-run schools

The state government on Monday admitted in the Uttarakhand high court that there was a shortage of teachers in government schools across the state

dehradun Updated: Aug 06, 2018 22:36 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Nainital
There was a shortage of over 7,000 teachers in the state-run schools across the state.(HT File)

The state government on Monday admitted in the Uttarakhand high court that there was a shortage of teachers in government schools across the state.

Devesh Upreti, counsel of the petitioner, said there was a shortage of over 7,000 teachers in the state-run schools across the state.

The advocate general told the division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Alok Singh that it would take nearly 18 months for recruiting the teachers and as such the government would like to extend the tenure of the guest teachers in the state till then, said Upreti.

Responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) regarding shortage of teachers in government schools in the state, the high court had directed the government to reply on the existing situation with regard to teachers in the government schools.

Upreti said the PIL was filed by Almora-based Gopal Dutt and Mahendra Giri, who alleged in their PIL that education of the children in the state was suffering due to shortage of teachers in the government schools across the state. The PIL seeks recruitment of permanent teachers in the schools.

Upreti said the advocate general told the court that the state public service commission subordinate service selection commission would take nearly 18 months for recruitment of teachers in the government schools.

“The HC also directed the state public service commission subordinate service selection commission to clear their position with regard to the recruitment of the teachers in the government schools of the state,” he said.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 22:36 IST