According to data presented in the Gujarat State Assembly, a total of 926 government primary schools in the state are currently operating with only one teacher. The government has assured the Assembly that these vacant teaching positions in state-run primary schools will be filled as soon as possible.
The data also reveals the distribution of these schools across districts, with Mahisagar having 106 schools with only one teacher, Kutch with 105, Tapi with 84, Devbhumi Dwarka with 46, Narmada with 45, and Kheda with 41. However, some districts have fewer schools in this situation, such as Botad, Morbi, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Gandhinagar, and Jamnagar, where the number of schools with one teacher ranges from two to eight.
The state’s Education Minister, Kuber Dindor, explained that the schools are forced to operate with just one teacher due to various reasons, including vacant positions caused by retirement, death, transfers, and voluntary retirements.
Furthermore, the data also reveals that 7,906 classrooms in both government-run and granted schools in the state are in a dilapidated condition. This includes 6,539 classrooms in government-run primary schools, 574 in granted secondary and higher secondary schools, and 413 in granted secondary schools.