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Lack of teachers ails BBMP schools: New Indian Express

Last Updated: Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 09:59

Bangalore: More than 50 per cent of the techers’ posts at BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike) schools have been vacant for the past few years. What is more, the schools are not recruiting as yet.

There are 78 nursery schools, 12 primary and 33 high schools run by the BBMP, apart from 13 junior colleges.
These institutions have a total of around 21,000 students enrolled.

Inadequate teaching staff is an all pervasive problem at these institutes.

The nursery schools have only 72 teachers with 160 sanctioned posts and the primary schools have only 56 teachers working with 140 sanctioned posts. BBMP high schools have only 168 teachers, while the total sanctioned posts are 423, a BBMP source said. He said that these vacant posts are temporarily managed by outscored people, who are not trained teachers.

All the BBMP high schools have computers. There are at least 10 to 12 computers in each school.

However, students are not able to utilise them as there are no trained computer teachers. These computers have been kept in the schools. “We got the computers a few months back.

None of us are properly trained. A few teachers who have basic knowledge of computers are using them for official purposes but not for teaching students,’’ a teacher said.

Another teacher from a BBMP high school, which has 12 computers, said that the computers are yet to be operational as the school does not have power supply. `Moreover, electrical wiring of the computer lab is yet to be done,’’ the teacher said.
BBMP is planning to impart computer training to at least two teachers from each school for about 10 days hiring a private agency.

``But nothing has been done so far, nor has there been any intimation,’’ the teacher said.

When contacted, Nischala Prakasham, Education Officer, BBMP said that government has cleared a proposal to fill the vacancies and BBMP will shortly fill the vacant posts. He also said that they are outsourcing to Keonics (a private agency) to train the teachers in computers. “It will be in the first week of November,’’ he added.

First Published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 09:59
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