Teachers' shortage plagues govt schools in Kolar

Better pass percentage, but lack of teachers affecting government schools

Hardly 11 days into the reopening of schools after summer holidays, the government schools in the district have been facing shortage of teachers.

There is no dearth of talents in the parched district and Kolar has improved its tally in SSLC performance to seventh position this year, with a pass percentage of 78.51. However, classes have been affected in government schools due to lack of teachers.

There are a total of 1,204 government primary schools, 629 higher primary and 124 high schools in the district. A total of 77,617 students spread across six education zones are studying in government primary schools while the number is 27,455 in government high schools.

The total sanctioned teachers’ post for primary and high schools is 6,291 of which 6,125 have been filled. As many as 166 teachers’ posts have been remaining vacant for the past several years. Similarly, 1,294 posts of high school teachers have been sanctioned for the district while 1,040 have been filled. A total of 254 posts of high school teachers remain vacant.

Teachers posts are vacant both in urban and rural areas. The members of the school development and monitoring committee have been urging the state government to fill the vacancies at the earliest in the interest of students. However, the problem has not been addressed.

The guideline
According to the government guidelines, there should be one teacher for every 10 students in the primary and higher primary section. There should be two teachers for 60 students and three for 90. The number of teachers should be increased in proportion to the number of students.

In high school, there should a teacher for every subject. In case the number of students cross 70 in any class, additional section should be opened and the number of teachers should be increased. But, these guidelines are not being adhered to in many parts of the district.

While students have been put into trouble due to lack of teachers, on the other hand, teachers too are being overburdened. The same number of teachers are compelled to conduct classes for more students.

Some are working on deputation to schools in the neighbouring villages three-four days a week. As a result, the teachers too are under pressure and this has been affecting the quality also.  The parents are also expressing concerns over shortage of teachers in government schools.

Deputy Director of Public Instruction (in-charge) K G Rangaiah said that the government has issued orders to appoint guest teachers to tide over the crisis. The guest teachers will be appointed by the end of July.
DH News Service

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