Less than 20 students attend nearly 6,000 government-run schools in Himachal Pradesh, according to a report.

Survey finds that 12 primary government schools operating without a teacher . Survey finds that there are 65,973 teachers in public schools, 39,906 male and 26,257 female .

According to a survey, there are 18,028 public schools in the state, of which 15,313 are government-run.Shimla: According to a survey, a total of 6106 government schools in the state have less than 20 students, including 5113 primary and 993 middle schools.According to a recent study by Unified District Information System for Education, the rate varies between 21-60 in 4478 primary and 895 middle schools and 61 to 100 in 681 primary and 47 middle schools.The state has 18,028 schools, of which 15,313 are government-run.

However, it said, 12 primary government schools are operating without a teacher, while 2,969 have one instructor, 5,533 have two teachers, and 1,779 have three instructors.According to the study, 51 middle schools are being run by one teacher, 416 by two teachers, 773 by three teachers, and 701 by four to six teachers.According to the report, one primary school with a minimum of ten students is being run by two teachers, ten schools by three teachers, 212 by four to six teachers, and 710 by seven to ten teachers.Even the senior secondary schools are struggling with a shortage of teachers, with 22 schools supplying four to six teachers, 189 with seven to ten teachers, 684 with 11 to 15 teachers, and 981 with more than 15 teachers.

In contrast, three middle schools have no room, 216 have only one room, 241 have two rooms, 1,111 have three, and 352 have four to six rooms.The situation in primary and senior secondary schools is no different, with a minimum of ten and 12 classes.Up to six secondary schools are being held in one room, 25 in two rooms, 117 in three, 697 in four to six rooms, and 74 in seven to ten rooms.In comparison, one senior secondary school in the state operates in a single room, seven in two rooms, 17 in three, 245 in four to six rooms, 947 in seven to ten rooms, 454 in 11 to 15 rooms, and only 205 schools have more than 15 rooms.

For school-going children, a primary school must be within 1.5 kilometers, but the population density is low in the hill state due to the strict demography and topography, and they must still be taught.Officials in the education department say that the rationalism of teachers is a problem.According to the reports, the student-teacher ratio is 14.68 in the primary division, 12.09 in middle schools, 10.38 in secondary and 12.31 in senior secondary schools.According to the report, general enrollment is 100 percent or higher in primary, middle and secondary levels, and 90 percent in the senior secondary level, while the dropout rate is zero percent at primary and elementary level and 1.47 percent at secondary level.

However, total enrollment in all schools in the state dropped to 1,067, down from a total of 26,154 in 2020-21.While the number of students in all schools dropped from 13,33,315 to 13, 32,148, the number of students in 15,313 government schools decreased to 8,31,310 in 2021-22 compared to 7.93,358 in the previous year.Amarjeet Sharma, the director of higher education, said the Har Ghar Patshala initiative, which was launched during the outbreak, has put them in synch with the private sector, and that we are now focusing on academics, sports, and co-curricular activities for the children's overall growth.The high cost structure in private schools, according to him, forced parents to return to public schools during the pandemic.

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