Over 4 lakh teachers posts under SSA still vacant in India

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Indian government on Wednesday said that over 4 lakh posts of teachers are still vacant in different states of country under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

Indian government spokesperson said that 19.84 lakh posts of teachers were sanctioned to all States/UTs under SSA, out of which 15.06 lakh teacher posts of teacher had been filled up so far.

“The Central government is regularly monitoring the process of filling up of vacancies of teachers in the country, in conjunction with state governments,” said the spokesperson.

He said that the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 which became operative with effect from April 1, 2010 that prescribes the following Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) to be maintained at each of the school:

A. For classes I to V:

(i) Two teachers for up to sixty admitted children

(ii) Three teachers for 61-90 children

(iii) Four teachers for 91-120 children

(iv) Five teachers for 121-200 children

(v) One Head Teacher, other than the five teachers, if the number of admitted children exceeds 150; and

(vi) The PTR (excluding Head Teacher) shall not exceed forty if the number of admitted children is above 200.

B. For Classes VI to VIII:

(i) At least one teacher per class so that there shall be at least one teacher each for (a) Science and Mathematics; (b) Social Studies; and (c) Languages.

(ii) At least one teacher for every 35 children;

(iii) Where admission of children is above 100, there shall be (a) a full time head-teacher and (b) part time instructors for Art Education, Health & Physical Education and Work Education.