Severe teacher crunch in Cachar school

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By SWAPNANEEL BHATTACHARJEE
  • Published 14.09.17
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JR Higher Secondary School, Ganirgram

Silchar, Sept. 13: A shortage of teachers has been affecting the functioning of the JR Higher Secondary School, Ganirgram, one of the oldest academic institutions in south Assam's Cachar district.

JR Higher Secondary School, Ganirgram, which falls under Katigorah constituency in Cachar district, is around 17km from here. It was established in 1947.

Students from a large number of villages in Katigorah constituency and some from Borkhola constituency study in the school. The number of students in the school is 1,245.

Sources in the school said for secondary level (classes VI-X) there are 22 posts (for teachers) in the school, but there are only eight teachers at present and 14 posts are lying vacant.

For higher secondary level (class XI-XII), there are nine posts in the school. However, there are only six teachers at present and three posts are vacant. There are no teachers for economics or Bengali.

There is neither a school management and development committee nor any principal in the school.

According to Right to Education (RTE) Act, the ratio of students should be 30:1 (which means for every 30 students there should be 1 teacher), however, the ratio of students and teachers in this school stands at 88:1.

Shamsul Haque Mazumder, one of the teachers of the school, told The Telegraph that they (teachers) had submitted memoranduma to the Cachar deputy commissioner as well as to the Cachar inspector of schools several times but no step has been taken to fill up the vacant posts till date.

He said shortage of teaching staff has paralysed the system of education in the school and accepted that lessons are being hampered. Besides, the absence of a principal has exacerbated the situation, he added.

The school in-charge, Altaf Hussain Laskar, said the inspector of schools was aware of the problem and hoped that steps would be taken soon.

One of the teachers said they were "somehow managing" the task of teaching. Residents agreed that studies were being immensely hampered. They blamed the the inspector of schools, Cachar district, Anup Kumar Das, for the school's condition.

The inspector of schools told The Telegraph that the authorities have been informed and hoped that the issue would be resolved soon. He too agreed that the situation was hampering studies.

Das added that there was a shortage of staff in his office as well. There are 44 posts in his office but only 14 workers are present, he added.

He said he would urge the authorities to appoint adequate/qualified teachers at the earliest.