Aizawl: In spite of being the third highest literate state in the country, Mizoram is currently grappling with acute shortage of teachers in various schools, which has greatly affected the academic career of the students, state’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) said quoting a survey.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Saturday, MZP president L. Ramdinliana Renthlei said, “While there is adequate teachers in urban areas, schools in rural villages face acute shortage of teachers as the government has unequally allocated teachers across the state.”
“The MZP has strongly asked the state government to work on equal distribution of teachers in all the government schools,” he added.
Quoting the record available with directorate of school education, Renthlei said while there are 2,97,336 students in 4313 schools across the state, the total number of teachers is 24,890 and that of Pupil Teacher Ratio(PTR) is around 1:12 on average.
He alleged that the crisis is most acute in rural areas as most teachers are confined to cities and towns.
According to The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education(RTE) Act, 2009, the (PTR) in primary school should be 30:1, 35:1 in upper primary or middle school. As per the framework of The Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the PTR in secondary level is 30:1.
However, in Mizoram, the PTR in primary school is 1:18, 1:9 in middle school, 1:8 in high school and 1:14 in higher secondary school against the central norms, Renthlei said.
He said that the student body has recently conducted survey in various schools across the state and discovered that the ratio of teacher and students in some schools were highly skewed..
According to Renthlei, there are many schools in Aizawl where 10 teachers looking after 39, 8 teachers looking after 15 students and 11 teachers looking after 43 students.
While there is adequate number of teachers in Aizawl, rural villages are currently grappling with acute shortage of teacher, he said.
He said that as there are 11 schools in rural villages which have only one teacher each, 45 primary schools have 2 teacher each and 30 primary schools in rural areas have only 3 teacher each.
He added that 25 primary schools and 12 high schools across the state are running without headmaster.
Renthlei also asked the state government to take necessary action for equal distribution of teachers in all government schools as lack of teacher in rural villages has greatly affected the career of students.