Over 51,000 Teaching Posts in Primary, 33,000 in Secondary Schools Lying Vacant in Uttar Pradesh - Abdul Alim Jafri

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published Published on Mar 12, 2023   modified Modified on Mar 13, 2023


There is an acute shortage of teachers in government-run primary, upper primary and composite schools in Uttar Pradesh, despite the guidelines on the teacher-to-student ratio issued under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) of 2009.

The new academic session of Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board schools is about to begin next month (April 1) but about 51,000 posts of assistant teachers are lying vacant in the government schools teaching classes I to VIII (primary and upper-primary) in the state, basic education minister Sandeep Singh confirmed in the state Assembly recently. However, Singh indicated that there will be no fresh recruitment drive for teaching jobs. 

Responding to a question asked by a Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA in the ongoing monsoon session of the Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh, Singh, responsible for basic shiksha, said that under the recruitment process of 69,000 assistant teachers, a total of 6,696 candidates were posted in different districts in 20 months from April 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022.

Meanwhile, in response to a question on the vacant posts of teachers in schools teaching Classes IX to XII, managed by Uttar Pradesh’s secondary education department, secondary education minister Gulab Devi said that 33,000 posts of lecturers and headmasters are lying vacant in 2,373 government and 4,512 non-government, aided secondary schools in the state. 

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Abdul Alim Jafri, Newsclick, 12, March, 2023, https://www.newsclick.in/over-51000-teaching-posts-primary-33000-secondary-schools-lying-vacant-union-says-violation-rtc-act

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