Most schools in state facing subject teachers’ shortage; APPSC quiet on recruitment issue

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, May 9: Following the dismal performance of the government-run schools of the state in the All Indian Senior Secondary Certificate Examination 2019, The Arunachal Times carried out an investigation into the issue of shortage of subject teachers, which is being cited as one of the significant factors behind the poor results.
This daily has learnt that out of 101 government higher secondary schools (GHSS), 65 have shortage of subject teachers. Twenty-five GHSS’ have been upgraded but with no postgraduate teachers posted there still.
Secondary Education Director Gania Leij disclosed that 40 GHSS’ have a shortfall of subject teachers “due to superannuation of senior teachers, voluntary retirement schemes, and promotion of some senior teachers as headmasters and vice principals.”
Similarly, there are 184 government secondary schools (GSS), out of which 81 are under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and are managed by contractual teachers. Out of these, 68 GSS’ are facing acute shortage of subject teachers, Leij said.
In October 2017, the state cabinet had cleared the recruitment for more than 1130 posts of both postgraduate and trained graduate teachers, including headmasters, vice principals and principals.
Leij expressed hope that once the recruitment process is completed, the shortage of subject teachers would be amply addressed.
It is learnt that the education department has endorsed the proposal to the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) for recruitment.
However, this daily did not get any response from the commission on enquiring about the recruitment.