New Delhi, September 5: Indians across the globe celebrated Teachers’ Day on Tuesday. The day named after former President Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan is celebrated with fervour in India. But despite being a respectable job, fewer people are willing to join the teaching services. Apart from lower incomes, lack of promotion opportunities and pathetic work conditions play a pivotal role in ensuring the huge deficit of teachers in the country. A comparison of salaries of Indian teachers with rest of the world leads us to mind-boggling facts.Also Read - 6 Places in India Where You Can Find Egyptian Mummies, History Enthusiast or Not!
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- India is a young nation where 2.80 Crore persons get included in its population every year. About 50 percent of India’s population is under the age of 25. It is estimated the average age of an Indian will be 25 by 2020. The country still needs millions of teachers to teach and train its population.
- Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, 19.48 lakh posts are approved for teachers. Out of the approved strength, 3.74 posts are lying vacant.
- 7966 government schools are running without any teacher.
- 1.04 Lakh schools are running their operations with only one teacher. Simultaneously, they have to teach more than hundred students per day.
- As per approved standards, there must be one teacher for 28 persons.
- A picture of rural India portrays a grim picture of education in India. Most of the teachers are hired on contractual basis.
- 13 percent of teachers in India are rendering their services on the contractual basis.
- A primary teacher earns between Rs 20 thousand and Rs. 40 thousand.
- In Singapore, a teacher gets Rs. 29 lakhs annually.
- Teachers in South Korea, Germany, USA and Japan get Rs 25 Lakhs annually.
While many teachers are laden with work and underpaid, many teachers across the states lack basic qualifications. As per an estimate, only 20 percent of teachers managed to pass Teachers Eligibility Test. Disappointed by lower numbers, many state governments decided to scrap the test. Also Read - Ganguly, Dravid Never Won a World Cup...: Ravi Shastri Slams Critics of Virat Kohli | Watch VIDEO