Large shortage of teacher affects education in government schools

BHOPAL: Academic activities at government primary schools across the state are in a disarray due to shortage of more than 2000 teachers. In fact, about 2543 posts of school teachers are lying vacant in primary schools of Bhopal district alone.

Vijay shah

The paucity of teachers has not only affected education in the district, but continues to haunt the state on the whole as more than 50,000 teacher posts are still lying vacant across the state. The situation has remained dismal, despite the directives of the state government that there should be a minimum two teachers in every primary and three in every middle schools.

Even though the state education department got a green signal from state cabinet to recruit 40000 teachers, the posts continue to remain unfilled and the students continue to suffer in schools. According to teachers, this adversely affects the education of students.

“The department of education is taking steps to improve the situation in terms of teachers and implementation of RTE in the state, but there are challenges as state has an acute shortage of regular teachers,” said president of teachers’ association Mukesh Sharma. He said that besides dearth of regular teachers, the government has also put a cap on recruiting guest teachers who could have been of some help till the government filled the vacant posts.

Deepak Joshi
 Educationists have long been pointing out that shortage of teachers is a big hurdle in ensuring quality education, and the only way to improve the situation is to recruit adequate number of qualified teachers. However, the state has failed to fill posts over the years. In 2013, there were 36,000 vacant posts for teachers, but after a recruitment drive the number came down to 18,000. By 2016, however, the number has gone up to 41,000 and in 2017 it has crossed 50,000.
 “We have a shortage of teachers across the state and, over the years the number of vacancies has increased,” said Deepak Joshi, minister of state for school education. “It is all in hands of state education minister Vijay Shah, I don’t want to comment on this issue,” Deepak Joshi, minister of state for school education, said.

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