Govt. to merge 2000 schools to balance student-teacher ratio

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The Government is about to merge 2000 schools to strike a balance between the ratio of teachers and students.

The Education Department has already initiated a study to this effect on the directions of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha because of reports that in certain schools number of teachers was much higher as compared to students. But, at the same time, it was reversed in other educational institutions.

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In his monthly episode of the Radio programme ‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha talked about the matter and said that a merger of 2000 more schools is being studied.

“Already, we have merged many schools being run under Smagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). Still, there have been reports that certain educational institutions have eight students and four teachers while others have 70 students and four teachers,” Sinha.

There were certain schools where 20-25 teachers have been posted for 100-odd students, while in other educational institutions, there were 3-4 teachers for an almost equal number of students.

However, as per the Right of children to free and compulsory education Act 2009, the Teacher-Student ratio must be 1:35 that means one teacher for 35 students.