HRD formula: More teachers for better quality

The Human Resource Development ministry asks state governments to appoint more teachers for mathematics and sciences to improve quality of school education in India
The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) recently found that over 50 per cent of Class V level government school students fail to solve simple mathematics questions like multiple addition and subtraction.
“We would ask the state education secretaries at a conference on Tuesday to appointment at least two teachers for maths and science,” a senior HRD ministry official told Hindustan Times.
In the two-day conference, the HRD ministry will review progress of its schemes for school education — Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal and Adult Education programme — with state education secretaries.
The ministry will also seek feedback on the Central government proposal to open 6,000 new model secondary schools in the country.
According to the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) annual survey, released in January, about 57 per cent schools in India have less than three teachers and about 11 per cent have only one teacher.
Admitting of huge shortfall of teachers, the HRD ministry official said that the states would be requested to speed up recruitment of teachers to fill vacancies. However, the focus of recruitment would be for maths and sciences.
“The state governments can take some policy initiatives to recruit qualified teachers for schools, he added. The ministry also expressed its concern over only 13.43 per cent schools in India having computers. “We will urge the state governments to provide more funds for providing computer labs in schools,” a ministry official said.

  Wednesday, 06 February 2008