States fail to fill up vacant teachers' posts

Many state governments have failed to recruit the required number of teachers in elementary schools, reveals a latest government data. Uttar Pradesh tops the list with over 1.4 lakh teachers’ posts vacant in its schools, followed by Bihar with over 1.3 lakh and in West Bengal more than 46,000.

A large number of states including Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan have failed to provide any training to their untrained teachers since 2012 despite the Centre’s persistent prodding.

According to the data, the Centre sanctioned a total of 19.85 lakh posts of school teachers till 2014-15 since the Right to Education Act came into force in 2010.

However, almost 6 lakh teaching posts continue to remain vacant as the governments in the states and union territories have recruited only 15.06 lakh teachers till March 31, 2014.

While the schools in Uttar Pradesh have the highest number of vacant teachers’ posts followed by Bihar and West Bengal, Jharkhand is yet to recruit over 42,000 teachers, Maharashtra over 26,000 and Madhya Pradesh over 25,000.

Gujarat, which is touted by the BJP as a model state in various indicators of development, has over 9,000 teachers post vacant. Assam government has to recruit more than 11,000 teachers in its schools, Karnataka over 4,000 and Uttarakhand over 3,000.

Taking serious note of the situation, a parliamentary standing committee recently asked the HRD Ministry to find out the factors responsible for such a large number of vacant posts of teachers in the country.

The panel took serious note of the government data showing that many states did not provide any training to their untrained teachers in schools. It observe that the governments incurred no expenditure on providing training to untrained teachers in as many as 16 states and union territories including Delhi, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puduchery and Uttarkhand.

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