1 teacher for 250 students

THE NEW academic session would see the teacher taught ratio going beyond 1:250 in some degree colleges affiliated to Lucknow University (LU). Already this ratio was worse and with the increase in 25 pc seats in LU and affiliated degree colleges, it will get even worse.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 00:01 IST

THE NEW academic session would see the teacher taught ratio going beyond 1:250 in some degree colleges affiliated to Lucknow University (LU).

Already this ratio was worse and with the increase in 25 pc seats in LU and affiliated degree colleges, it will get even worse.

This is in sharp contrast to the UGC’s standard of 1:40 for Post Graduate classes and 1:60 for Undergraduate classes.

Sample this: The National PG College has just one teacher each for Hindi, Economics, Political Science, English, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography and Education. This lone teacher teaches all the three subjects in BA I, II and III.

So, he is actually teaching all the nine subjects. About 150 students each in all the three years of BA. So the teacher taught ratio is 1:450.

To make things even worse, teaching comes to stand still when this teacher goes on leave or fell sick. Though LU has the benefit of using the research scholars for teaching work, the degree colleges do not enjoy this benefit.

Principal SP Singh admits that this is a serious problem and the State Government should do some thinking to create teaching posts so as to give boost to the teacher-taught ratio.

National College is not the lone college that is facing acute shortage of teachers. LUACTA president Molendu confirmed that there was just one teacher for Economics and Education at Christian PG College. It is learnt there are several colleges like Avadh Girls Degree College, Vidyant Hindu Degree College, Khun Khun Ji College, Mumtaz Degree College, Nari Siksha Niketan, Shashi Bhushan Degree College, etc.

Net result: Quality of higher education is left much to be desired at degree colleges. College principals put the blame on the State Government for not creating teaching posts. Says a principal of a college: “Many a times we have raised the issue. But it did not evoke good response. Hence, some of the colleges have appointed part time teachers to share the burden.”

Things are even bad for those subjects, which has practical papers. It puts double pressure on the teacher. Lets say, the Psychology teacher of National College has to take the classes and at the same time he has to look after the practical aspect as well. The same stands true for teachers of other subjects that has practical paper.

Mohd Muzammil, a senior professor of Economics department, LU said: “With the increase in the number of student strength, it is imperative that teachers’ strength be also raised in thesame proportion and infrastructure facility be augmented in the same ratio. If there is a demand for higher education and people are ready to pay for it then what stops the government from creating teaching posts to sustain the pressure.”

President of LU Associated College Teachers’ Association Dr Moulindu said: “This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed at the earliest. Mere imparting higher education alone will not serve the purpose and government must do something to impart quality teaching as well.”

It is worth mentioning here that before 1988, UG courses were of two years. Thereafter it was made into three years. But the strength of the teacher was not augmented accordingly. Since then the problem was never addressed. Principals and teachers argued that its high time that government should do something to give a boost to the higher education.

First Published: Jun 02, 2006 00:01 IST