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What Are The Problems That The Indian Rural Schools Are Facing With Their Teachers?
11Nov 2019

What Are The Problems That The Indian Rural Schools Are Facing With Their Teachers?

The biggest concern of the educators in India is to make the present generation learners ready for future. India is actually a country where around millions of youth population are added each and every year. This high youth population is not going to be of any help to the country’s economy if universal education isn’t achieved across the nation. 
One of the main problems that the country faces nowadays is that all pedagogical innovations that are being made are fit for improving the quality of the urban education, which means  the rural learners as well as their education are largely neglected. With 65% population residing in the rural part, education out there seriously deserves a lot more attention especially when it’s having so many issues – lack of teachers, absenteeism of teachers and their poor teaching quality. 

Lack of teachers

A lot of government schools in the rural areas usually appoint ad hoc teachers rather than the permanent ones. These ad hoc teachers or non-permanent staff are paid very poor in comparison to the full time Trained Graduate Teachers. Moreover, they don’t even have any promising career prospect. All these issues make the teachers in rural schools dissatisfied with their jobs and the result is they leave these jobs to move to more permanent jobs. The consequence is lack of teachers in rural schools. 

Absenteeism of Teachers

Absenteeism of teachers in rural schools have remained a concern in rural India. Several criteria that influence teacher absenteeism include marital status, gender, age, tenure at the schools, political and social involvement etc. In comparison to the male teachers, the absenteeism rate of the female teachers is more. In a study it was found that private school teachers in rural areas had fewer absent rates than those of the government school counterparts in the same rural area. This is probably because the teachers in private schools know that they might be dismissed if they have a poor performance while government school teachers know that their job is permanent.  

Poor Teaching Quality

A lot of states in India have exempted candidates from the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET). This is because it was found over the years that only about 20% aspirants could clear it. But as there was a problem of lack of teachers, which needed to be solved - in an attempt to quickly fix the problem, the states took this decision. The result is, there has been more deterioration in the quality of teaching.  There are several teacher-training institutes in the country but the quality of training that they provide is not good. Lack of poor teaching quality is however a major concern in not only these states but all over the nation. 
Teacher training courses, surprise school inspections, and such other steps needs to be taken more vigorously to improve the rural education system of India. Implementation of digital aids can also be a great idea to battle the challenges that are being plagued in the education system.


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