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18,000 students in Mumbai's aided schools don’t have teachers

Since the ban in 2012 on recruitment of new teachers, schools are grappling with an acute shortage.

mumbai Updated: Aug 13, 2013 08:56 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times

Since the ban in 2012on recruitment of new teachers, schools are grappling with an acute shortage.

Mumbai, with 792 aided schools, is short of 630 teachers.

A ban on recruitment of teachers for subjects like English, Mathematics and Science was lifted in May 2013, but the government is yet to approve new appointments to vacant posts.

“We have received requests from many schools. We have forwarded them to the state government,’’ said NB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai division.

In some schools, the shortage of teachers is so severe that parents are volunteering to teach students.

At Fatimadevi English High School, Malad, parents of three students along with few former students students from Classes 7 to 10.

The school PTA was worried about the shortage of teachers for Class 10 students and suggested that parents could help out.

“It’s not fair to the students that parents who are not qualified as teachers are conducting classes, but we are helpless,’’ said Rajesh Pandya, senior teacher from the school.

The shortage has also affected Class 10 and Class 12 students in other schools.

“We do not have an Economics teacher for Class 12 since October last year and have not yet received approval for a new teacher,’’ said Najma Kazi, principal of Anjuman –IIslam’s High School and Junior College, Byculla.

Tired of waiting, the bigger aided-schools have begun hiring new teachers and paying them on their own.

“After six teachers retired from the school, we hired new teachers. The management is paying their salaries,’’ said Father Francis Swamy, principal of Holy Family School, Andheri.

But without government approval, such appointments are not permanent.

Approvals are necessary as aided school teachers are paid by the government.

“Our management bore the expense of hiring four teachers. But the teachers will remain insecure until the department approves their appointment,’’ said Father Jude Fernandes, principal, St Stanislaus School, Bandra

First Published: Aug 13, 2013 08:52 IST