As per the report published during the last year, more than 35,000 posts are lying vacant. What to say, in 19000 government schools, there is no Principal in 622 Secondary Schools. Similarly no headmaster in 67 schools or you can say, in 36 per cent schools, there is no head to run the affairs of the schools.
In Punjab, for about 28 lakh students in the schools, 28 per cent posts are lying vacant. If wee see this from the teacher-student ratio point of view as 1:35, this figure could go up to 50 per cent. There are also certain schools, where the strength of students in one section is, between 100 -120.
Another surprising factor is that as per the statement of the Education Minister, 1300 teachers are on long leave and majority of the teaching staff is on allied duties to honour the orders of the government on census, election and various other duties.
In such a situation, only God could know the fate of the education system in the country and in case there are no 4700 associated schools, one can well imagine the seriousness of the situation.
No doubt, the strength in the schools have increased with the introduction of schemes like mid-day meal, free books, cycles to girl students etc. but the shortage of teachers continue to remain.
The government teachers are compelled to send their children in private schools.
I don't think that one could perform an improper act intentionally on seeing the condition of the schools itself.
The existence of an institution is recognized with its own building and in India, about 47,000 out of total 11,24,033 schools, don't have their own building whereas there is no black board in 90,000 schools. The post of 10 lakh teachers is lying vacant. And today even more than 80 lakh children are working on small jobs on the shops, hotels to earn their livelihood.
Punjab claims to be economically sound but still from literacy point of view, is at 21st position as still 64 lakhs people are illiterate. The policy of Adarsh Schools has also failed in Punjab as out of 24, only 6-7 are working satisfactory.
Is it in the public interest to ignore the shortage of teachers by the political leaders and particularly the government? These are the persons who say loudly at the dais that teachers are the nation builder.
Frankly speaking the danger bell has rung and the responsible persons should perform their duties sincerely, honestly and timely otherwise the circumstances are going to be worst than now. The RTE Act would become a non-starter, unless teachers' strength is increased.
Merely making the statements by the government representatives from time to time would not suffice, something has to be initiated in practical to secure the future of the students and nation as well.