New Delhi: While the Centre and state governments have been coming out with schemes to better school education in the country, the lack of adequate number of teachers is proving to be one of the biggest impediments in realizing the dream of giving best possible education to school children.

Five lakh school teachers are required to implement the Right to Education Act. This is in addition to the already existing shortage of 9 lakh teachers.

The states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Haryana, Rajasthan and Orissa have been faring the worst when it comes to vacancies for teachers lying vacant in the states.

While 1,88,000 seats of teachers are lying vacant in UP, in Bihar - about which the general perception is that it’s marching on the path of development under Nitish Kumar - over 1,50,000 posts of teachers remain vacant.

In West Bengal, for the Left Front government filling up the vacant seats of teachers has not been a priority. The same is the case with Jharkhand and Haryana.

Punjab and Delhi will have to recruit about 14000 and 8000 teachers, respectively. In contrast, only 12 seats of teachers are vacant in Kerala.

Out of 9 lakh vacant seats, 6 lakh come under the state government. The rest 3lakh posts have to be filled up under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), in which the Centre and state governments have to allocate 65 and 35 percent funds, respectively.

JPN/Bureau