The 15-year-old Madhu Kumari is a Class 7 student in the school in Patpara locality of Rajasthan’s Bharatpur city. Every day she steps into the shoes of three imaginary teachers and teaches mathematics, English, and Hindi for one hour each from 9.30am to students of Class 1 to 5 in a government upper primary school.
After that, Madhu Kumari attends Class 7 for the next three hours. She has been performing the duties of three teachers at her school, which has 134 students, boasts of just one teacher and that is the principal, Rajni Upadhyay.
Speaking to media, Rajni said after being unsuccessful in securing the posting of the mandated teachers to the school, she was forced to request Madhu to don the role of a teacher. Rajini said her petitions to the education department continue to remain unheard.
There is a heavy shortage of teachers in the 1,196 primary and upper primary schools in Bharatpur.
When contacted, Additional District Education Officer (elementary education) Sunil Gupta confirmed that most of these schools have been staring at shortages of teachers for quite some time. He, however, explained that the state government will shortly allocate teachers to fill many of the vacant posts in such schools.