20,000 teachers likely to be surplus in Punjab
Chandigarh – After primary schools, now it is turn of the teachers, who have less work in comparison to others, to be let go from state government schools. Punjab government is going to implement a rationalisation policy for teachers soon. The department has sought reports from the all district education officers. If sources are to believed, then more than 20,000 teachers in the whole state will soon be rendered surplus. According to Education Minister Aruna Choudhury, the paperwork process will be completed by the end of November and after that the formal action will be initiated.According to her, the reforms in education department have become the need of the hour. The government claims that the scheme will not flop like earlier. The number of students in government schools in Punjab has been decreasing over the past number of years. Parents prefer to admit their wards in private schools. There are 12,997 primary and upper primary schools in Punjab. The number of middle schools is 4,500, senior secondary schools 1,400 and the number of high schools is 1,800. There are more than 74,000 teachers in primary and upper primary Schools, while there are a total of 1.15 lakh teachers and 14,000 lecturers for middle, high and secondary schools. The number of students in primary and upper primary schools is close to 19 lakh.According to Right to Education (RTE), one teacher is required for 30 students in primary schools and in upper primary schools one teacher against 40 students. Consequently, upon calculation, approximately 55,000 teachers are required for primary and upper primary schools. Whereas the number of teachers for primary and upper primary Schools is 74,782. Similarly, there are more than 1,000 schools where the number of students is between 40 to 45, but there are only six to eight teachers available there. Such types of schools are in remote areas and villages. There are also such type of Schools, which Were established on political basis in the past, but the numbers of students in these schools has been continuously low and at some places very low.According to policy of the department, in the high and secondary Schools, a teacher is designated with 36 periods in a week and 40 students are required against one teacher in a class. But at most places teachers have fewer periods, while at some schools; teachers are lesser as compared to more periods.
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