RTE Act has hit student-teacher ratio, admit school authorities

Nearly 100 teachers are required in Urdu medium schools

After the introduction of Right To Education (RTE) Act, the student-teacher ratio has disturbed the equilibrium in municipal corporation-run schools in Ahmedabad leading to a shortage of nearly 500 teachers.

Nearly 100 teachers are required in Urdu medium schools because many from Urdu schools, despite existing shortage, have been moved to Gujarati medium schools.

The situation is precarious particularly in Urdu and other language mediums because of the special nature of language skills of their staff. Again, their appointments in Gujarati medium schools are also of no use because they do not possess necessary teaching skills in that language, pointed out teachers teaching in those schools.

School Board chairperson Dr Jagdish Bhavsar has agreed that the problem does exist and that it needs an urgent solution for the sake of educational prospects of children in these schools. According to him, it will take minimum six months to solve the matter, that is, in the next academic session only when new recruitment will be started with fresh establishment schedules as per the student-teacher ratio requirement prescribed under the RTE Act.

The current recruitment schedule is as per the pre-RTE time where teachers seem in surplus numbers while the post-RTE time, this number has gone up and hence the crisis, said Bhavsar.

"I have written a letter to the Director of Primary Education wherein I have sought special permission to the School Board to recruit teachers beforehand ahead of the onset of new recruitment season," Bhavsar said.

As the Board is waiting for a response, but even after getting the permission, it will not be before six months, he said.

He said he was aware of the adverse situation in schools where a number of teachers had been moved out while the number of children increased for several reasons like migration to other areas due to shifting of residential colonies coming under other major projects like riverfront development.

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