UP Sanskrit schools reeling under acute teacher shortage
Prayagraj (Mahamedia) Sanskrit schools in Uttar Pradesh are in trouble. Of the 958 Sanskrit schools offering the subject from classes 6 to 12, 117 of them do not have a single teacher left, while 58 government-aided Sanskrit-medium secondary schools have already closed down due to a shortage of teachers. Reason for the shortage: recruitment of Sanskrit teachers have been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for the past three decades.
State secondary education minister and deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said, “We are aware of the acute shortage of teachers in Sanskrit schools of the state. We are in the process of appointing retired Sanskrit teachers in the most-affected schools for the time being and have also decided to fill up the vacant posts on a priority.”
After coming to power, the BJP government in the state had entrusted the responsibility of appointments in Sanskrit schools to the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Service Selection Board (UPSESSB). The Secondary Education department had sent a requisition for the appointment of 1,282 teachers a year ago but recruitments have not started till date, rued a senior teacher of a Prayagraj-based Sanskrit school.
The situation can be understood by the fact that out of 42 Sanskrit schools in Prayagraj district alone, as many as 18 do not have a single teacher left. Three of these schools are ‘open with just peons managing affairs, while one is opening with things being managed by a clerk, the teacher claimed. There are about a dozen schools where there is only one teacher, he added. Seeing the alarming condition of Sanskrit education, Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan (Lucknow) chairman Vachaspati Mishra had written to deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma on August 16, requesting to arrange for teachers on an honorarium or on a contract basis.