Telangana state government is probably fighting a tough battle in the battleground of education. For the newly formed state is having a tough time hiring teachers for 431 schools. The state government was supposed to hire teachers for over 5000 students in 431 schools after transferring the teachers working in remote areas to urban areas and rationalisation of teachers’ services.
It has been a long time since the process of teachers transfer and rationalisation of their services is over but the state has been unable to appoint even a single teacher for the 431 schools.
The students’ daily trek to school goes in vain as there are no teachers while in some cases the school premises itself remains shut. The irony lies in the predicament that the government is closing down schools for want of students at some places and has failed to appoint teachers in spite of having students in some other.
Training the spotlight on the woes of students in zero-teacher schools in Utnoor, Kerameri, Bejjuru, Sirpur-T and Asifabad Mandals, Students’ Union leaders Bhaskar and Mahesh said that the students have been failing in examinations due to the absence of teachers.
On the one hand, the State government claims to be strengthening the education system and on the other, it is thinking of shutting down schools for want of teachers. Besides the absence of teachers in schools, there were allegations that there were several anomalies in the implementation of the mid-day meals scheme, the student union leaders said.
When educational volunteers were appointed in December to help complete the syllabus on time, it was hailed as a timely move. However, even presence of educational volunteers didn’t complete the syllabus on time. The educational volunteers appointed in remote areas were not willing to attend schools. The parents of students in zero-teacher schools are worried about their wards’ future as there is no information coming forth on the appointing of teachers to these schools.
The District Educational Officer, Satyanarayana Reddy said that he would take up the issue of the zero-teacher schools with the government and ensure that teachers’ were appointed immediately.