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Teachers’ Day 2017: After September 5 euphoria, the reality – too few teachers, too little teaching, too little freedom

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On the eve of Teachers’ Day came a sad commentary, the AAP government in Delhi withdrew its proposal to appoint some 9,000 teachers. As per data tabled in the Lok Sabha, nearly 18% positions for teachers in government-run primary schools and 15% positions in secondary schools need filling urgently—in other words, we are short of one million teachers. The states with poor literacy levels have the worst shortages—nearly 70% of the posts for teachers in secondary schools in Jharkhand are vacant. This is made worse by teacher absenteeism of around 19-20%—some studies contend, though, this is because teachers have a lot of........

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