A recent government-sponsored District Information System of Education report from India revealed the scaring truth about the prospects of over 80 lakh children studying in over 1.5 lakh schools, which are run by only a single teacher . The report says that multi-grade teaching, lack of proper attendance of students and teacher absenteeism severely hurts the learning outcome.
Schools with teacher shortage are spread across the country, especially in states like Chhattisgarh,Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Odisha.
The government-run schools at the primary level have a shortage of more than five lakh teachers, as per the estimation presented in the draft by the National Education Policy on May 25. Experts blamed both the Central and State Governments for not ensuring uniform teacher strength across the schools.
Ambarish Rai, national convenor of voluntary organisation Right to Education Forum, stated that the local administration lack enough resources to enroll the minimum number of teachers in every school.