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India facing 1 million teacher shortage in govt schools

The government’s statement in Parliament that shortage of a million of teaching positions in the government-run schools are lying vacant is, though frustrating, not very surprising.

Government schools in India have been plagued by a shortage of 1 million teachers.
Government schools in India have been plagued by a shortage of 1 million teachers.

18 per cent positions of teachers in government-run primary schools and 15 per cent in secondary schools are vacant nationwide, according to data tabled in the Lok Sabha by the Human Resources Development Minister on December 5, 2016.

In other way, one in six teaching positions in government schools is vacant.

Of 6 million teaching positions in government schools nationwide, about 900,000 primary school teaching positions and 100,000 in secondary school – put together, 1 million – are vacant.

The reasons for shortage of teachers are lack of regular recruitment, not clearing position, bungled deployment of teachers, lack of specialist teachers for certain subjects, and small schools, which cause available teachers to be thinly spread.

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