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Lack of teachers in English medium schools hampers the study of students: Govt issued notification for the appointment of teachers
Lack of teachers in English medium schools hampers the study of students: Govt issued notification for the appointment of teachers
PHOTO : Students sitting on the floor at Santibazar school, Kamalpur. TIWN File Photo

AGARTALA, March 24 (TIWN): Poorer quality of education had been delivered to the English medium schools due to the lack of teachers having English medium background. Therefore, the State Government had recently issued notification regarding the appointment of English background teachers in the respective schools.

In the notification, State Government mentioned that, “whoever wishes to teach in the English medium schools can apply.” However, The Tripura government’s much-touted success in creating infrastructure for higher education and raising the state’s literacy level is all set to be overshadowed by a crippling shortage of schoolteachers and unplanned upgrade of schools. In the meantime, situation worsens to the level that Government has to recruit Bengali medium based teachers which highly reflects upon the study of the students.

It is to be mention that, Tripura has 4,287 schools, including 311 higher secondary schools and 25 English medium schools.  The number includes schools under the Autonomous District Council (ADC), but there is a shortage of 14,875 teachers cutting across all categories of schools, according to information provided by the department of school education. The shortfall is being addressed by the recruitment drive being undertaken, but sanctioned vacancies will remain even after that.

There is a shortage of 8,707 graduate teachers but the school education department has issued offers of appointment for only 4,856 teachers leaving a shortfall of 3,851 graduate teachers. Besides, posts of 4,951 undergraduate teachers and 1,217 post-graduate teachers are lying vacant but less than half the number will be recruited after the ADC polls,” There are 116 schools without a headmaster while 55 higher secondary schools continue to be short of subject teachers.

“With the right to education becoming a fundamental right, the problem will be more acute as we will need many more teachers though it is a national problem; in the context of Tripura the upgrade of schools without proper human and material infrastructure has emerged a big problem. Last year, of 2,378 junior basic schools, 205 have been upgraded to senior basic level while 43 senior basic schools, mostly in hilly and interior areas, of a total of 1,139 have been upgraded to high schools,” Basu said, adding that besides teachers, many schools were without proper toilets and other essential facilities.

During the past decade, the Tripura government has created a strong infrastructure for higher education by setting up two medical colleges and a number of higher technical colleges including agricultural and Fishery College, nursing college, paramedical college and two engineering colleges including the NIT, Agartala. The erosion in school education standard and lack of quality teaching has emerged as major bottlenecks. The literacy rate in the state has also grown over the decade rapidly despite insurgency.

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