Over 1.60 lakh teaching positions are still vacant in Government schools across 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh. But there are only 15,000 assistant teachers fill the gap. The state government of Uttar Pradesh has admitted this while seeking financial aid from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan a year ago. The earlier report to HRD ministry also reveals as many as 1,74,726 teaching positions are left vacant in schools.
The RTI application filed by Gonda activist Durgesh Pratap Singh spilled the beans. The reply from RTI also reveals that UP has 759985 teaching posts in upper primary and primary government schools. However, there is a shortfall in that too with only 585,232 teachers serving at present.
“I had filed the RTI application to know more about the state of affairs in the education sector. The data reveals the poor state of education at government-run schools across the state. It’s alarming that despite having such a huge number of vacancies, new appointments – including that of BEd and TET qualified candidates – still aren’t being made,” says Singh.
It’s shocking that there are 10,187 primary schools and 4,895 upper primary schools under government are being run in the state with just a single teacher each. An education department official says that this data was presented before the project approval board of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan last year. However, it grants under various heads including teacher salaries.
Yet, no new recruitments were made for various reasons which include pending litigations filed against various recruitment processes.