India/October 06, 2021/By: Prashant K. Nanda/Source: https://www.livemint.com/
At least 16% of the schools in Goa and Telangana were managed by just one teacher, according to the Unesco report
Unesco said contractual rather than regular teachers’ jobs “presents further complexity” and the problem is equally alarming in both private and government schools. “The overall proportion of teachers in private schools who report working with no job contract is alarmingly high at 69%,” the report said.
“In the government sector, the overall number of school teachers with contracts of more than three years’ duration is a high 67%. However, 28% of primary and secondary school teachers are found to be working with no contract. In the early childhood education sector, only 49% teachers report having contracts of longer duration than three years, while 35% report having no contracts. In the special education sector, only 13% report having contracts of more than 3 years’ duration, and 80% have no contracts,” the report showed.
The report comes almost 11 years after the Right to Education Act was passed and will be crucial for academics and policy makers at a time when India is gradually rolling out the new education policy with several structural reforms.
Further, the report revealed that 10% to 15% schools in several states were single-teacher institutions. It also showed that contractualization in teaching jobs is making the situation complex and creating remuneration disparity.
Unesco analysed two data sets: Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE+) 2018-19 round and the Periodic Labour Force Survey 2018-19.
While at the national level, 7% schools are single-teacher schools, the percentage is far higher in several states. For instance, at least 16% of the schools in Goa and Telangana were managed by one teacher in each school. Whereas 14% of the total number of schools in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand were single-teacher school.
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