‘66% such teachers teach students at primary level’
Srinagar: In Jammu and Kashmir more than 2,600 teachers are having below secondary level qualification and are teaching students at all levels.
Ironically, among the total number of such teachers with below secondary level qualifications, over 1,700 are teaching the primary level classes.
According to the news agency Kashmir News Observer, the official figures reveal that a total of 2,685 teachers with below secondary level qualification were teaching students at all levels.
The official figures reveal that at pre-primary level across the Jammu and Kashmir, at least 276 such teachers were teaching the students.
It also states that at least 1773 such teachers that amount to more than 66 percent were teaching the students at primary level.
The official figures reveal that at upper primary level, a total of 540 teachers were teaching the students followed by 88 teachers at secondary level and eight teachers at higher secondary level.
Meanwhile, one of the government teachers wishing anonymity said, “As per government norms, a person should be at least graduate in order to be able to teach students regardless of levels, be it primary, upper primary or secondary level.”
The teacher said that it doesn’t matter as to whether such teachers are from government or private schools, “I believe they should enhance their qualifications so that their teaching ability improves and students won’t suffer.”
In 2021, the Government of India (GoI) said that in Jammu and Kashmir, over 2000 ‘untrained’ teachers posted in government secondary schools lack the requisite professional qualifications to teach the students,
Ministry of Education (MoE) for the GoI and officials of Jammu and Kashmir in an Project Approval Board Meeting (PAB) 2021-22 held earlier this year said, “There are 2061 untrained teachers in government secondary schools based on UDISE 2018-19 who do not meet the requisite professional qualifications.”
In the meeting, the GoI advised the Jammu and Kashmir administration to roll out a policy to enroll such teachers in teacher’s education institutions to complete the professional course without having minimum qualifications.
“All untrained teacher’s need to professionally train so as to be compliant with National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) regulations,” GoI had said.
The GoI also informed the JK administration that during the current year, all left out untrained teachers, masters and lecturers of the School Education Department shall be enrolled in the B.ed course through IGNOU.