Aizawl (mizonews.net): Contrary to the Congress government’s claims that there was shortage of teachers in Mizoram, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report said that there is an excess of 7,508 teachers in primary and upper primary schools.
As per SSA guideline there should be 1 teacher for every 40 children, and there should be at least 2 teachers in each primary school and 1 teacher for every class in upper primary school.
During 2010-11 while the total requirement of Primary School teachers in Mizoram was 3098; there were 5473 teachers under the State government and 508 under SSA, the total being 5981. The requirement as per SSA guideline had been exceeded by 2883.
Meanwhile in Upper Primary School, while the requirement as per SSA guideline is 2935, there were 6043 teachers under the State government and 1517 under SSA, the total being 7560, which shows an excess of 4625.
According to the CAG report, education department has no prescribed norms in creating the post of Primary and Upper Primary School teachers, which results to the excess in appointment of teachers.
CAG report shows that there have been very less teachers in rural areas comparing to that of urban areas, and also great variation in employment of Education Volunteers under the Education Gurantee Scheme (EGS).
While there is over all excess of teachers in Mizoram, yet there is shortage of teachers in different places of the state. Even some students’ body demands that if they are not given teachers before the end of the Assembly Session they plan to close their schools for indefinite period.
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