Only 8 percent of upper primary schools have teachers for three core subjects . Only 29.20% of secondary schools have teachers for all the core subjects .
PATNA: According to the RTE, the pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in the state's elementary and secondary schools is simply insufficient.Only 8 percent of upper primary schools have teachers for three core subjects, while 29.20% of secondary schools have teachers for all the core subjects.These facts were discussed at the most recent meeting of the Project Approval Board of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (an integrated scheme for school education) for finalizing the state's annual plan and budget for 2022-23.According to the available results, the subject PTR at the upper primary level is 282 for vocabulary, 147 for mathematics and science, and 387 for social studies.Worse, the state's secondary schools are deficient.The PTR at the secondary level is 271 for English, 552 for statistics, 570 for mathematics, and 410 for social studies.The overall PTR in primary and secondary schools is 56 and 60, respectively.There are 18,112 teacher shortages at the elementary level, while the number of single teacher schools has increased at the primary level. At the primary and upper primary levels, the number of schools with a negative PTR has also risen to 61.69% and 70.49%.In the 2021-22 period, there were 2.27 lakh vacant teachers positions in government elementary schools, of which 41,772 elementary teachers were recruited and deployed in the schools.In government secondary schools, 21,480 vacant post-graduate teachers and 3,929 post-head teachers are available.In Bihar, the gross enrolment rate (GER) is 58.4%, one of the country's lowest rates. However, according to U-DISE 2020-21, the situation has improved a bit.The average dropout rate is 21.4% in 11 districts, including Supaul (39.7), Darbhanga (33.2), Madhepura (31.4), Vaishali (27), West Champaran (26.9), Saharsa (26.6), Buxar (26.3), Madhubani (25.5), and East Champaran (25.4).State TET Teachers Association president Amit Vikram expressed concern about the low student-teacher ratio in the state's elementary and secondary education, claiming that the lack of teachers has harmed the state's quality of education.Vikram said the process of naming teachers is going at a snail's pace, and that a significant number of teachers' positions in elementary and secondary schools have been vacant for the past few years.