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Posted at: Dec 8, 2017, 1:04 AM; last updated: Dec 8, 2017, 1:04 AM (IST)

Staff crunch hits functioning of govt schools

Vikas Sharma

Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 7

Despite having decent enrolment of students, including boys and girls, the government schools in Jammu division are grappling with the shortage of teachers/lecturers.

The situation is worse in the hilly districts of the region where the posts have been lying vacant since long, which has affected the functioning of the schools.

As per official data, there are a total of 12,419 government schools in the entire Jammu division with Rajouri district having a maximum number of 1,787 schools, including 1,006 primary, 555 middle schools, 114 high schools, 41 higher secondary schools, five Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and 66 mobile schools.

As far as the shortage of teaching faculty is concerned, there is a dearth of teachers at the primary and middle level. At the high school level, there is a shortage of Masters while the higher secondary schools in almost all districts of Jammu division are relying on academic arrangements. The recruitment of subject lecturers on a permanent basis is yet to be done.

With a total strength of 1,131 government schools, Reasi district is facing a paucity of teaching staff at almost all levels. Bishan Singh, Chief Education Officer (CEO), told The Tribune: “Of the total sanctioned strength of 266 lecturers, 140 posts are lying vacant. Similarly, 482 Master-grade posts are yet to be filled. Teachers’ posts too are lying vacant.”

In Poonch district, the shortage of Master-grade teachers and lecturers has affected the functioning of schools. Mushtaq Ahmed, Poonch CEO, told The Tribune: “The strength of the teaching staff is good at the primary and middle level, but there is a requirement of Master-grade teachers. At the higher secondary level, academic arrangement is being made to run the affairs. There is a requirement of 83 subject lecturers.” There are a total of 1,495 government schools in Poonch district.

According to Kathua CEO Balbir Singh, there is a shortage of teachers in government schools located in rural areas. “In urban areas like Marheen, 200 teachers are in surplus. Problem is in the rural areas where there is a requirement of adequate staff. For instance, there is a shortage of teaching faculty in government schools in Malhar. Overall, there is a shortage of around 100 teachers,” Singh said. Kathua district has a total strength of 1,452 government schools.

In Doda district, 300 posts of lecturers, 500 posts of Masters and over 200 posts of teachers are lying vacant. Similarly, in Kishtwar district, 114 posts of lecturers and 273 posts of Masters are lying vacant. Situation is worrisome in Udhampur district with a total of 152 posts of lecturers lying vacant. A total of 295 posts of Masters and 190 posts of lecturers are yet to be filled in Rajouri district.

District-wise shortage

  • Reasi: Of 266 posts of lecturers, 140 are lying vacant and 482 Master-grade posts are yet to be filled
  • Poonch: At higher secondary level, there is a requirement of 83 subject lecturers
  • Kathua: Overall, there is a shortage of around 100 teachers
  • Doda: 300 posts of lecturers, 500 posts of Masters and more than 200 posts of teachers are lying vacant 
  • Kishtwar: 114 posts of lecturers and 273 posts of Masters are lying vacant 
  • Udhampur: 152 posts of lecturers lying vacant
  • Rajouri: 295 posts of Masters and 190 posts of lecturers are yet to be filled

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