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The Teacher's day just got over. I had read somewhere that Sh. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan himself used to study under street lamps. We have come a long way since those days. Right to Education has been incorporated as a fundamental right of every citizen. Schools/ Colleges are a booming industry. Yet, leaning down to see the bottom-most of the education pyramid, we see a dismal picture of education in our country. On one hand there is poverty which keeps many kids away from school - even mid-day meal schemes have had limited impact. On the other hand where there are students, there are no schools or teachers. Insufficient / deficient infrastructure and manpower continues to plague our country - specially in the rural areas.

Here is a nice article on the shortage of teachers in our country.

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Shobhan Saxena, TNN, Sep 5, 2010, 11.58am IST

Bihar has symbolized the Bimaru states for so long it gets blamed for everything that's wrong with India. This week, during a heated Rajya Sabha debate on teacher shortage in schools, MPs took pot shots at Bihar. They blamed it for India's skewed teacher-student ratio. Union human resources development minister Kapil Sibal stepped in to put the problem in perspective . "Shortage of teachers is a national issue not just of Bihar."

Sibal was right. India is short of 1.2 million teachers; 42 million children aged between 6 and 14 do not go to school; roughly 16% of all villages do not have primary schooling facilities and 17% schools have just one teacher. UP doesn't have a single teacher in more than 1,000 primary schools and roughly 15% teaching posts lie vacant in schools across Maharashtra. This figure rises to 42% in Jharkhand. Only Kerala , with an average of six teachers per primary school, is the exception to the rule.

The big picture is bleak. India's average student to teacher ratio is 1:42, a high figure by international standards.

In Bihar, the ratio is as high as 1:83. Though student enrolment has gone up in recent years, the dropout rate has kept pace. In 2005, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said that he was pained to note that "only 47 out of 100 children enrolled in class I reach class VIII, putting the dropout rate at 52.79 %." He blamed the "unacceptably high" rate on "lack of adequate facilities and large-scale absenteeism of teachers." In five years, this hasn't changed. The reason — lack of qualified teachers — remains unchanged as well.

But, some experts are hopeful of change. "The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has supported recruitment of more than 12 lakh teachers in the states. Out of those more than 10.5 lakh teachers have already been recruited. However, due to inadequate rationalisation of teachers , many teachers prefer to work in urban areas. Hence there is a shortage of teachers in rural areas ," says Urmila Sarkar, chief of education, Unicef.

There are other problems too. "The pupil-teacher ratio remains high in rural areas. This becomes acute in far flung areas where the basic facilities are not available for the teachers to stay in with families. Also there are issues related to absenteeism of teachers which affects the quality of teaching learning processes. However with the notification of the the Right of Education Act RTE), the scenario is expected to change in a good way in the rural areas," says the Unicef expert.

But, India's missing teachers are a problem considering the government faces the challenge of implementing the RTE Act, "Across the world, the best minds opt for teaching profession but this is not happening in India. So we need to give them more incentives ," says the minister.

Missing teachers are a a big problem. But poorly-trained teachers could be an even bigger one. At a recent Technology, Entertainment and Design global conference, Microsoft founder Bill Gates emphasized the importance of a good teacher. "How much variation is there between teachers, the very best and the bottom quartile. How much variation is there within a school or between schools? And the answer is that these variations are absolutely unbelievable. A top quartile teacher will increase the performance of their class – based on test scores — by 10% in a single year," he said.

Gates was, of course, speaking of the US. But there are lessons for India. The government has just begun the process of filling 1.2 million teaching vacancies and promised it will spend Rs 2,31,000 crore on education in the next five years. It may be a while before any of this shows results. Till then, its missing teachers may be the weakest link in emerging India's unfolding story.

Read more: Missing teachers are India's weakest link - Special Report - Sunday TOI - Home - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/h...#ixzz0ygTOirrn
Generally speaking, one would consider a teacher-student ratio of 1:42 as ok, not bad. But as the article states, this is an average, the figures are greatly skewed in various parts.
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Re: Education in India : Not enough teachers / schools / students

Till mid 90s students specially females were rushing to do D'ed/B'ed (diploma in education/Bachelors in education),it was like everybody wanted to be a teacher just because it was a high paying job with lots of perks and time in hand.Then came the IT boom and people started getting into computers and slowly over the years this shortage of quality teachers.

As said in 3 idiots people should choose a profession in which they are interested rather then forcing oneself into something which is just a fashion.

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The Teacher's day just got over. I had read somewhere that Sh. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan himself used to study under street lamps. We have come a long way since those days. Right to Education has been incorporated as a fundamental right of every citizen. Schools/ Colleges are a booming industry. Yet, leaning down to see the bottom-most of the education pyramid, we see a dismal picture of education in our country. On one hand there is poverty which keeps many kids away from school - even mid-day meal schemes have had limited impact. On the other hand where there are students, there are no schools or teachers. Insufficient / deficient infrastructure and manpower continues to plague our country - specially in the rural areas.

Here is a nice article on the shortage of teachers in our country.



Generally speaking, one would consider a teacher-student ratio of 1:42 as ok, not bad. But as the article states, this is an average, the figures are greatly skewed in various parts.
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Ashis Ray, TNN, Oct 4, 2010, 03.19am IST

LONDON: A north London school, Ashmount Primary, has outsourced mathematics teaching to India. And, according to BBC, pupils in this institution are improving in this subject.

Shortage of mathematics teachers in British schools has for some time presented an opportunity to Indians to teach the subject. Many of them have even immigrated to Britian to teach mathematics.

A British firm, Bright Spark Education Company (BSEC), is facilitating the online mathematics classes by teachers thousands of miles away in Ludhiana. Lessons are booked 24 hours in advance; and at a stipulated students log on and converse with their tutor over the internet.

The lessons, designed for children between seven and 16, cost £12 an hour; and parents sign up for blocks of two or five hours. The students appear to be excited about the project. BBC quoted several 10-year-olds saying this. Adam, a student, said: "It's fun because it's on the computer and not doing it on your books." Another student Rosa added: "It's fun because you're talking to someone from somewhere else."

BSEC has employed around 100 maths graduates for the purpose, who are paid £7 an hour. One of them remarked, "I can't see the student, but I can talk. I can chat with them so it's a different way of teaching and as effective as a classroom — even more effective, so that's what I like about it."

However, teachers unions in Britain are unhappy. "I'm concerned about the precedent this is setting," said National Union of Teachers' general secretary Chris Keates. "What next? Do we do without maths teachers?" she asked.

BSEC's Tom Hooper rejected the criticism. "It's just a supplement to help kids with their maths and to complement classroom learning."


Read more: School in London outsources maths classes to India - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/w...#ixzz11QAEEL5N
We already have virtual classrooms in India, many tuition classes in the Metros are now operating on that basis. DD's Gyandarshan - the countrywide classroom was a pioneering concept. Hope we can implement it for the masses too, specially the government schools. So, fewer teachers can attend a large number of students, and get paid better too.

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Education is the only key to solve all the problems.There are lots of students and schools but there are not enough teachers. The situtation is complicated,the students are more than the limited number of teachers have to teach all the subjects. The real thig is quality,there should be resposilbe teachers who can teach the students to how to live life.
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This is from a long time ago. A friend of mine got hired as a teacher in village but no one would come to school because they went on farm, or just idling around. He went to their houses but their parents would hide them. If the class was closed he would have lost the job. So he paid from his own pocket to get them a uniform, something to entice them and get them back into school. He did not succeed though. The guy was good but used to smoke bidis even in the class.
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