Lack of speciality teachers in schools

Staff crunch

Even as the civic agencies tries to promote extra curricular activities in city primary schools, they face a grim reality –  shortage of teachers for the job.

There are only 20 speciality teachers – for Music, Art and Sports  – for over 778 primary schools under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

 “We have asked officials to recruit teachers for Music, Art and Physical Education. Whether they are hired on a contractual basis or permanent, it is the job of the officials to take care of that,” said Rekha Gupta, chairman of education committee, NDMC. 

The NDMC plans to upgrade at least 30 primary schools as model schools, providing education similar to those in public schools in the first phase. “I have directed officials of the department to recruit three speciality teachers each in all the 30 schools earmarked for upgradation,” she added. Also, there are no special teachers for the physically-handicapped students – despite the fact that  the erstwhile unified municipal corporation had passed a resolution on this three decades back.

“A resolution was passed in 1980 to recruit special teachers, but nothing has happened on that front even three decades later. A similar resolution was passed last year as well, but there has been no headway on the matter,” added Sharma,” said Mahesh Chandra Sharma, ex-mayor and member of the education committee. 

As per the 1980 resolution, 10 per cent of the total strength of the teachers had to be special teachers. The education committee chairman  has asked officials to recruit them in proportion to the handicapped children in corporation schools. 

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