As per the data tabled by the government in the Gujarat Assembly recently, a total of 1,67,461 primary school teachers are working against the total sanctioned strength of 1,80,601 teachers across the state.

These figures indicate 13,140 posts of primary teachers are still lying vacant in the state. The district-wise data has revealed that remote districts of Kutch and Banaskantha followed by tribal districts of Panchmahal and Dahod are the worst hit in terms of vacant posts of primary teachers.

In Kutch, 2,724 posts are lying vacant while 1,741 posts are not filled up in Banaskantha. These districts were followed by Panchmahal, where 935 posts are vacant, and Dahod, where 912 teachers are not recruited yet.

As per another set of data tabled in the assembly by the BJP-led state government, there is a shortfall of more than 2,400 teachers of mathematics and science subjects in upper primary schools (6 to 8 standard).

The data suggested that the government is yet to recruit 2,413 teachers who can teach maths and science subjects in government-run upper primary schools across the state.

Banaskantha once again topped the charts with a shortfall of 404 teachers for the above subjects, followed by Panchmahal (382), Ahmedabad (230) and Dahod (203).

The issue of vacant posts of primary teachers has been raised several times by Congress in and outside the Assembly, as the Opposition alleged that the government was not doing enough in this regard.

While replying to a query in the House recently, Minister of State for Education, Nanu Vanani assured that though the government was facing difficulties in finding suitable candidates, these posts will be filled up at the earliest.

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