Lack of teachers at primary, high schools in Mandya district

The State government has made all efforts to improve enrolment of students at the government schools of the district. But there is a shortage of teachers at both primary and high school levels.

This has also come as a blow to the educational activities. While the government has sanctioned 6,009 teachers’ posts for the primary schools in the district, there are 4,758 teachers in service with a shortage of 1,251 teachers.

The situation is similar at high schools too. As many as 163 posts are vacant. The district needs three headmasters, 11 Kannada, 13 English, six Hindi and five Urdu teachers.
Most of the government schools have to manage with just one teacher for the students studying from class 1 to 5 and all the classes are being held in one room. A school at G Boppanahalli in K R Pet taluk, which earlier had classes up to7.

But it now has classes from 1 to 5, with just one teacher. If the teacher is absent, a teacher from another village is called to conduct the classes.

Krishnegowda, a parent, said most of the parents are opting for private educational institutions due to shortage of teachers.

If these schools have to face the competition from the private schools, it is necessary to appoint teachers immediately, he added.

When contacted, DDPI Shivamadappa said 104 teachers have already been selected for the posts and a proposal has been submitted to the government to fill the rest.

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