As many as 92,275 elementary and secondary schools in India are running with a single teacher, the Ministry of Human Resource Development stated in reply to a question in Lok Sabha during the ongoing budget session. This is as per provisional figures of the Unified District Information System of Education (UDISE), 2016-17.
Under UDISE, the pupil-teacher ratio at national level should be 23:1 for primary, 17:1 for upper primary, and 27:1 for secondary schools, the government reply said.
Madhya Pradesh (18,307) and Rajasthan (12,052) have the highest number of single-teacher schools, together accounting for nearly one-third of the total of 92,275.
When these two are counted together with Uttar Pradesh (8,092), Jharkhand (7,564) and Andhra Pradesh (7,483), the five states add up to more than half of India’s total.
In contrast, Delhi has 5 schools running with a single teacher. There are no such schools in Odisha, Tripura and four Union Territories — Chandigarh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagra Haveli, Lakshadweep.
Sikkim has 1 single-teacher school while Daman & Diu has 3. Other states with less than 100 are Nagaland (31) and Mizoram (66).