Insufficient Teaching Staff Hinders Studies


Lingsugur taluk  lacks computer education for children

The schools and colleges in the Lingsugur taluk lack  teachers, which in turn affects the students. The government Pre-university College had around 1000 students and for those 1000 students they had only eight teachers.

Another high school, Akka Mahadevi Higher Primary School, had only 15 teachers for 503 students. The Sri Basaveshwara Independent PU College had strength of about 764 students with only five teachers.

Shabeer Ahmed, a lecturer in sociology, said, “The school needs more teaching staff. The number of teachers is less according to the strength. This shortage leads to more workload among the working staff.”

Master Ali, a retired headmaster, said, “The shortage of teachers is more among the higher primary level and college level. With primary schooling, the number of teachers is adequate.” He blamed the lack of education awareness for this shortage. He also said that people do not want to invest in the educational sector as they believe it to be a waste of money and efforts. Most of the people in the taluk do not favor teaching as their career path and prefer to pursue other professional careers.

Sunita Patil, lecturer in physics, said that there is no teacher available for computer courses in the school so student fail to learn  computer skills in this modern digitization age.

According to a report by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the ideal Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR), at primary levels should be 30:1 and at upper primary levels, it should be 35:1. The PTR at the secondary level should be 30:1, as told by The Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) framework. Another report which was released by UNESCO Institute of Statistics in 2015, ranked India second in terms of teacher recruitment required to meet the current education demand.

Dr. Renu Sinha, a professor, said, ”Schools and colleges around the country are facing a shortage of staff but in  remote areas, the problem is more severe. Because of this shortage, the students are suffering and many of them are dropping out of  schools. The government is not able to carry out the recruitment process properly. The teachers are appointed on a temporary basis and leave after completing their terms. They are appointed on the ad-hoc basis. The government needs to offer more strong incentives and permanent jobs to the teachers; so that they don’t leave their job and the shortage can be dealt with.”