The school education in the country is plagued by lack of trained teachers and there are a sizable number of schools facing inadequate number of teachers, according to a recent government survey. About 21 per cent of the 25,33,205 full-time teachers in primary schools are untrained teachers. Interestingly, 4.6 per cent of these teachers are having academic qualification below secondary, the recent seventh all India school education survey conducted by NCERT in collaboration with state governments and national informatics centre found.
Similarly, of the 13,51,499 full-time teachers in the upper-primary schools, nearly 19 per cent of the teachers have not got any training. About 20 per cent of these teachers are having academic qualification as secondary or equivalent, the survey showed. The scenario is little better in the secondary schools where about 13 per cent of the 10,51,733 teachers are not trained. At this stage, about 12 per cent of the teachers had the academic qualification as higher secondary or equivalent, it said. The percentage of untrained teachers at higher secondary level is about 17. Out of the 1,46,526 para teachers at primary stage, 3.6 per cent teachers were having academic qualification as below secondary. Similarly about 23 per cent of para teachers at upper primary stage were having the academic qualification as secondary or equivalent.