Instead of recommended 30, a Govt teacher teaches only 12 students
In the backdrop of decline in student enrolment in Jammu Kashmir, the government-run-schools are reeling under the worst Teacher-Pupil Rationalisation (TPR) wherein, on an average, one teacher teaches only 12 students.
However, according to the Education department guidelines, there should be at least a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:30, a teacher for 30 students.
The official figures reveal that only 12,643,31 students from Jammu Kashmir were enrolled in various government schools wherein authorities have posted at least 108,681 teachers - creating a disproportionate TPR against the recommended rationalisation.
The figures reveal that there were a total of 22,527,00 students enrolled in 29,708 government and private schools wherein 17,645,90 teachers were posted.
Of the total students, 12,643,31 were enrolled in government schools and 98,450,20 in private schools, 610 in aided and 3257 students in other institutions.
In government schools 1,08,681 teachers were posted to teach the students while 67,477 teachers were teaching the students of private schools and 84 teachers were posted in aided schools.
According to official figures, there are a total of 29,708 government as well as private institutions in Jammu Kashmir that includes 24,080 government-run-institutions, 5552 private and 29 aided schools.
These figures were revealed by the Department of School Education and Literacy of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Earlier, the Project Approval Board (PAB) of MHRD said there was an enrolment decline of nearly 1.75 lakh students in JK to the total enrolment of students in academic year 2017-2018.
PAB also said that the decline in enrolment includes 19,000 Out of School Children (OoSC).
“The total enrolment decline between the grades is nearly 1.75 lakh that includes one lakh students of elementary level compared to academic year 2017-18,” it reads.