Education Takes Backseat in Jharkhand as Schools Grapple with Teacher Crisis


Jharkhand urgently requires 70,000 teachers in around 33,000 schools which have 34 lakh students enrolled. (Representational photo)


The recent data which is made available during Jharkhand CM's review meeting has churned havoc to reveal that more than 2/3rd of total seats of teachers in primary & upper-primary schools lying vacant.


According to the RTE regulations, Jharkhand urgently requires 70,000 teachers in around 33,000 schools which have 34 lakh students enrolled. The drastic dearth of teachers in terms of an ideal teacher-pupil ratio is called ‘substantially inferior' by the Education Dept. compared to other states.


The review document stated: “In both primary and upper primary schools Jharkhand has 41,406 working teachers against a sanctioned strength of 64,134. There is a large number of vacancies against current sanctions. Moreover, as per RTE norms, current sanctions are not adequate to meet the requirement. 70,000 additional teacher sanctions required to meet RTE norms.”


To reduce the rapid decline in the standard of learning two proposals are made in the meeting. Either they can appoint contractual teachers & make them permanent later or conduct fresh recruitment of regular cadre.


Chief Minister Hemant Soren in the meeting told the Department of School Education & Literacy: “In every division, start a government CBSE school from 2021 session… Teachers in 35,000 government schools should be trained periodically.”

5 views0 comments