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Skewed pupil-teacher ratio takes toll on govt schools

While the Right to Education (RTE) Act-2009 mandates that there should not be more than “40 students per teacher” in a classroom,the pupil-teacher ratio in various government schools located in city’s periphery continues to remain high.

Written by Ritika Jha | Chandigarh | Published: February 2, 2012 1:44:14 am

While the norm is 40,in some schools,a teacher has to look after 115 students at one go

While the Right to Education (RTE) Act-2009 mandates that there should not be more than “40 students per teacher” in a classroom,the pupil-teacher ratio in various government schools located in city’s periphery continues to remain high.

As per survey data compiled by a Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) wing recently,the ratio goes as high as 115 students per teacher in some schools.

The schools with high pupil-teacher ratio include Government High School (GHS) in Colony No. 4,Hallomajra,Daria,Vikas Nagar,Mauli Jagran,Mauli Colony and Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS) Karsan village and Government Senior Secondary School Manimajra town.

Due to poor infrastructure,these schools remain overcrowded. Also,there is a shortage of teachers. The principals admitted that due to the additional burden on teachers,the quality of education has gone down over the last one year.

“We have only six rooms for 26 sections. On top,there is a shortage of teachers. One teacher has to teach at least three sections of each class. While the teachers is under stress,the students are also suffering since they do not get sufficient attention. The overall result in most of the classes has been poor this year,” said a principal on condition of anonymity.

“We have 14 posts vacant for Junior Basic Teachers since the last two years. At present,only 10 teachers are teaching more than 1,500 students. I have written to the education department this year,requesting for new recruitments,” said another principal.

Even two years after the implementation of RTE,the education department has failed to take any steps to balance out the teacher-student ratio. In the last two years,only one new school has come up in the city. The department could not relocate the students to the new school due to a delay in its inauguration. Besides,no new teachers have been recruited. Over 600 of about 1,100 teachers recruited under Sarv Shikhsha Abhiyan since 2005 have resigned so far. The department is yet to fill up these posts.

UT Education Secretary V K Singh said,“Every department requires ample time to initiate and implement new processes. There is a lot of administrative work which goes into a policy decision. We have included all these issues in the next five-year plan and will address them at the earliest.”

While the department is yet to set up three of the four planned schools since last two years,it has mooted another proposal to set up 18 more schools in the city in the next five years.

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