Despite Rs 1000 crore provided to the State Government under the Rashtriya Madhyamic Siksha Abhiyan to develop high school education in the past seven years, there is a whooping shortage of over 17,000 teachers in High Schools across the State.
The School and Mass Education Minister Debiprasad Mishra admitted on the floor of the State Legislative Assembly that State Government has received Rs 1000 crore between 2009-10 and till date.
But High Schools in the State, lack over 17,000 teachers and other staff, Mr.Mishra told the House replying to two separate questions of BJP’s Dillip Ray.
Mr.Mishra said the Centre provided over Rs 13. 77 crore in 2009-10 while the next year it received Rs 31.48 crore and in 2011-12 fiscal Rs 27.52 crore.
The State Government received Rs 30.31 crore in 2012-13 fiscal, Rs 36.75 crore in 2013-14, Rs 55.57 crore in 2014-15 and Rs 50.62 crore in 2015-16, the Minister told the House in his reply.In 2016-17 fiscal the Centre provided Rs 10.05 crore, he added replying to one question.
However, in reply to the other question he said, there were about 7324 teachers, including 3000 science teachers, posts vacant in nearly 4626 government and 656 fully aided and 2608 aided high schools across the State.
As many as 2434 Head Master posts are also vacant, the Minister admitted in his reply adding nearly 1500 teachers post and 3000 other posts are vacant in Block Grant High Schools.
Mr.Ray rued the fact that many humanities subject teachers are being asked to teach science and mathematics to students in school in the absence of qualified science and mathmatic teachers.
Mr.Ray has also criticized the lack of initiative of State government to recruit teachers while a large number of trained teachers are waiting for jobs in State.