Lack of teachers in rural and tribal schools

Port Blair
19 Feb 2018

Ms. Sampa Banerjee, President Dayitavabodh (NGO) is bringing to the notice of the Director of Education that many schools under the department are suffering due to lack of teachers/ headmasters. For an example she cites GSSS Lapathi (Nicobar) where there is no  PGT Biology for more than a year and the students are going to attempt Board Exam in March. As the island is a tribal area, the entry for outsiders are prohibited, so private coaching is not prevalent, so the regular and tribal students of Nicobar are totally dependent on teachers of the Government School.  As Andaman rural people are financially weak, they cannot afford private school or coaching for their children, as a result after VII or VIII the children dropping out whereas some city schools are having excess teachers and principals. GDMS (Secondary) has 6 GTT Maths, GSSS RBV has 5-6 Maths, GSSS Mohanpura (primary) for 100 students 18 PSTs are, MS Dignabad is also having excess PSTs.  Some schools are running without Principals/Headmasters like GSSS Hutbay, GDMS (Primary and Secondary), Hutbay-16 and some other schools whereas there are school like GSSS Manglutan having 1 Principal and 2 Vice-Principals. To add to all these woes of far flung schools seminars for teachers are being held at CRC Mohanpura, DBRAIT, Teachers Home and State Library. With the Government investing large sums through Education Department, the performance of private schools betters Government schools with teachers there earning much less than their government counterparts.  She makes an earnest request to look into the matter and take suitable steps to improve the quality of education for the children of the islands.