Shortage of good faculty has been an issue in almost every State of our country. To tackle this, the Assam government has decided to fill the vacancies in different schools and colleges across the state. The government is planning to hire as many as 13,000 teachers by early 2017. According to an estimate, India needs 1.3 million teachers to maintain the healthy teacher-student ratio. This includes teachers at all the levels.
The Assam government will be giving the appointment letters to as many as 1,287 teachers in the next two months.
The Education Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that they are aiming at filling 13,000 vacant seats in schools and colleges in the next two months. He said, “In January, we will appoint 11,000 teachers in primary schools. For appointment in the next phase, we are talking with the Centre for relaxation of norms for 27,000 teachers. There are many posts lying vacant in colleges also. We will fill 229 posts of lecturers within next one month.”
He also said that if they consider higher secondary institutions, they do not even have a principal at the moment. As of now, 700 such institutions are there. He further added, “All these higher secondary schools are being run by in-charge principals. We will appoint full-time principals in all these schools next month.”
India has been facing this shortage for a very long time. In some cases, the recruitment process is so slow that it leads to the non-appointment of teachers. In some cases, the teachers are hired under contractual mode. The situation is even bad in universities.
Minister Sarma also attended the ceremonial distribution of appointment letters to 44 Post-Graduate Teachers (PGTs).