June 2016 News

Teacher Shortage Hits Education As 10000 Posts Remain Vacant Across JK

5 June 2016
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Naseem

Srinagar: The education department is facing acute dearth of teachers with nearly 10,000 posts vacant across Jammu and Kashmir. As per the information furnished by government in response to the un-starred questions of MLAs Ali Mohammad Sagar and Chaudhary Mohammad Akram, over 9829 posts of teachers, masters and lecturers are lying vacant across the state. While the highest number of vacancies is of teachers numbering 3878, that of masters is 3326 and of lecturers is 2625. Besides, there are 1651 posts of Assistant Professors vacant in the Higher Education department. District Jammu has no vacancy of teachers and masters while there are 34 posts of lecturers vacant there. In Srinagar there are no vacancies of masters while that of teachers and lecturers is 718 and 28 respectively. In Pulwama there are no vacancies of teachers while that of masters and lecturers is 5 and 110 respectively. In Kargil while there is not a single vacancy of teacher that of masters and lecturers is 90 and 50. Similarly, in case of Leh while there is not a single vacancy of teacher that of masters and lecturers is 40 and 21 respectively. In Baramulla there is no vacancy of masters while that of teachers and lecturers is 314 and 181 respectively. The vacancy position in respect of Bandipora district is 65 masters, 149 teachers, 103 lecturers. Ganderbal district has vacancies of 8 masters, 143 teachers and 57 lecturers. Kupwara district has vacancies of 214 masters, 103 teachers and 314 lecturers while Shopian district has vacancies of 21 masters, 75 teachers and 41 lecturers respectively. In its written reply, the government has stated that 1059 posts of lecturers have been referred to Public Service Commission (PSC) for fast-track recruitment. Also 1930 posts of teachers and 297 posts of non-teaching staff have been referred to Service Selection Board (SSB) for recruitment. In response to the question of Chaudhary Mohammad Akram about the steps being taken to address the dearth of Assistant Professors in the Higher Education department, government has revealed that the vacancies have been referred to PSC for recruitment. The vacancies are even in the basic subject of English with 181 posts vacant across the state. Other disciplines like Persian, Arabic and Islamic Studies have very less number of vacancies of Assistant Professors numbering 10, 28 and 16 respectively. The least number of vacancies are in the disciplines of Agriculture, Sanskrit, Philosophy and Geology numbering 1, 3, 3 and 6 respectively.