Teacher vacancies have always been one of the most worrisome aspect of the Indian education system. The latest state to suffer from the same is Gujarat. The Gujarat state government has finally accepted the shortfall of more than 13,000 teachers in the state-run primary schools following the allegations by congress on it. It was found that a total of 1,67,461 primary school teachers are working against the total sanctioned strength of 1,80,601 teachers across the state which means there is a deficiency of 13,140 of primary teachers.
The worst hit districts are remote districts of Kutch and Banaskantha followed by tribal districts of Panchmahal and Dahod. In Kutch, 2,724 posts are lying vacant while 1,741 posts are not filled up in Banaskantha. These districts were followed by Panchmahal, where 935 posts are vacant, and Dahod, where 912 teachers are not recruited yet.
Following this, there is a shortfall of more than 2,400 teachers of mathematics and science subjects in upper primary schools (6 to 8 standard). The government is yet to recruit teachers. Here too, Banaskantha once again topped the charts with a shortfall of 404 teachers for the above subjects, followed by Panchmahal (382), Ahmedabad (230) and Dahod (203).
The government admitted the situation after continuous allegations by Congress in and outside the Assembly. Now, it's reassuring that the posts will be filled shortly, said Minister of State for Education, Nanu Vanani.