84% of principal posts lying vacant in Delhi government schools

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Updated on Sep 22, 2022 09:27 IST

DoE report further revealed that 21,910 of the total 65,979 sanctioned posts for teachers are yet to be filled, that is, 33% are vacant. These vacancies have been filled with 20,408 guest teachers, but it still leaves a gap of 1,502.

Directorate of Education (DoE) data revealed that Delhi government schools are facing an acute shortage of manpower, i.e. principals to teachers. 83% of posts available for Principals are lying vacant, i.e. out of a total of 950 sanctioned posts for principals, only 154 have been filled while 796 lying vacant. Most of the schools are being run by vice-principals. Even in the case of vice-principals, of 1,670 sanctioned posts, 565 (about 34%) lie unfilled.

21,910 teaching posts yet to be filled

DoE report further revealed that 21,910 of the total 65,979 sanctioned posts for teachers are yet to be filled, that is, 33% are vacant. These vacancies have been filled with 20,408 guest teachers, but it still leaves a gap of 1,502.

“Recruitment of school principals is to be done by the UPSC. The exam has finally taken place. We are hoping to get a big lot of principals soon. It is the same with teachers,” said a Delhi government source told TOI. “The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board, which reports to the Centre directly, keeps delaying teachers’ recruitment.”

At present, out of 33,761 sanctioned posts of trained graduate teachers (TGT), well over a third (39.7%) — 13,421 — are vacant while 20,340 have been filled. TGTs teach up to Class 10. In the case of postgraduate teachers (PGT), out of 17,714 sanctioned positions, 13,886 have been filled while 3,828 (21%) are vacant.

While one-third of all teaching posts in Delhi government schools are currently unfilled, the vacancy of miscellaneous teachers is 4,661, or 32%, out of a total of 14,504 sanctioned posts. “It is not that the 33% vacant posts accounting for as many as 21,910 teachers are not filled. The Delhi government has evolved a model of employing contractual guest teachers against regular vacancies,” said a source in DOE.

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