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Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
14-December-2011 16:16 IST
Teacher Absenteeism
The Government conducted an independent Sample Survey on Students’ and Teachers’ Attendance in 2006-07 in twenty States. As per the findings of this survey, the average attendance rate of teachers was 81.7% at primary stage and 80.5% , at upper primary stage. An earlier study conducted by World Bank in 2003 reported the absence rate of teachers in primary schools at 25%.

Consistent efforts are made to improve attendance rate of teachers. The findings of the Sample Survey conducted in 2006-07 were shared with the States at various forums requesting them to take steps to monitor teachers’ and students’ attendance. Measures taken by the State Governments, inter alia, include close supervision of schools by Block and Cluster Resource Centres and Village Education Committees as also discouraging deployment of teachers for non-teaching work.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE), Act, 2009 which has become operative with effect from 1st April 2010, provides that (a) no teacher shall be deployed for any non-educational purposes other than the decennial population census, disaster relief duties, or duties relating to elections to the local authority or the State Legislative Assemblies or Parliament and (b) teachers shall maintain regularity and punctuality in attending schools.

This information was given by Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.