Devastating situation of education in India : 1.1 lakh schools with only one teacher

New Delhi (South Asian Wire)There are about 1.1 lakh schools in the country where the entire responsibility rests on the shoulders of only one teacher. This claim has been made in UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) ‘State of Education Report for India 2021: No teachers, no classrooms’. According to this, 11.16 lakh or 19 percent teachers’ posts in the country are still vacant, out of which 69 percent vacancies are in rural areas.

There are three states with more than one lakh vacancies. Of these, 3.3 lakh posts of teachers are vacant in Uttar Pradesh, 2.2 lakh in Bihar and 1.1 lakh in West Bengal. These three states have been rated as the states with the worst standards in the UNESCO report. 89% of Bihar’s vacancies are in rural areas. At the same time, this figure is 80 percent in Uttar Pradesh and 69 percent in West Bengal. The report suggests that India needs 11.16 lakh additional teachers to meet the current shortage of teachers. Based on the calculations of the PLFS data for 2018-19, it has been told in the report that there is only one teacher in 1,10,971 schools in all the states. Of these, 69% of the schools are in rural areas. States like Arunachal and Goa have more such schools. According to the report, the number of schools with one teacher in Arunachal Pradesh is 18.22 percent. At the same time, Goa has 16.08 percent, Telangana 15.71 percent, Andhra Pradesh 14.4, Jharkhand 13.81 and Uttarakhand 13.64 percent. At the same time, this figure is 13.08 in Madhya Pradesh and 10.08 percent in Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of schools with one teacher (21,077).

About 50 percent of women teachers

Sarangpani said that the sex ratio overall has been balanced. The number of female teachers is around 50 per cent. However, the interstate and urban-rural imbalance remains. Assam, Jharkhand and Rajasthan have 39 per cent teachers. In Tripura this figure is 32 percent. Chandigarh has the highest number of 82 percent. It is followed by Goa (80), Delhi (74) and Kerala (78).

According to this report, the proportion of female teachers is higher in urban areas than in rural areas. In rural areas, where 28 percent of primary school teachers are women. At the same time, in urban areas this figure is 69 percent. Talking about the level of secondary education, where the number of female teachers in rural areas of the country is at 24 percent. At the same time, there are 53 percent teachers in urban areas.

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