Kolkata: Student-teacher ratio survey soon
KOLKATA: In an effort to rationalize the teacher-student ratio in schools, the school education department will conduct an online survey of schools to find out the number of teachers and students in the schools. Replying to a query in the assembly, education minister Partha Chatterjee said that this will help the department appoint teachers in schools according to the strength of the students. The minister also assured that no school will be shut down because of low-student turnout. He said, “One lakh teachers have been inducted to ensure proper student-teacher ratio as well as optimum utilization of the available strength of the faculty in the interest of students. There are still some disparities between schools. An online survey will be conducted to find out the status of the ratio in various schools.” “We are trying to address the gaps with the rationalization of teachers. In some schools, the number of students is higher compared to that of the teachers. In some others, the number of students is low,” he added. Chatterjee mentioned about the student-teacher ratio at various levels of school education. In the primary level, there are 20 students against one teacher. In upper primary, secondary and higher secondary levels, there is one teacher for 41, 41 and 49 students respectively. Chatterjee said that the government has not only opened 2,975 additional schools since 2011, but also upgraded 73 secondary schools to higher secondary institutes. It also started 92 English-medium schools over the last year. “We had a target of 100 schools in one year,” he said. The minister further informed the House that the mid-day meal scheme in schools was being properly implemented. During his speech, Chatterjee blamed the erstwhile Left Front government for closing down several schools.