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.
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.