There is a serious dearth in the number of Urdu teachers who are teaching in Delhi’s government schools. There is a requisition in this concern that has already been sent to the Delhi Subordinate Service Selection Board and the process to recruit teachers is underway and is expected to be completed soon. The Directorate of Education of Delhi government, through an affidavit has informed the Delhi High Court that an additional requirement of 152 posts of trained graduate Urdu teachers has been assessed and the process to fill up all the vacant posts has already begun.
The affidavit was pitched against the public interest writ petition filled by an NGO named Shiksha Seva Samiti before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw. The Directorate of Education has further added that, because most of the universities in the country didn’t have Urdu as a medium of instruction in the Graduate level in any discipline there has been this void of well-trained graduate teachers in Urdu.
According to the affidavit submitted to the High Court, “Urdu teachers under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan are also appointed every year on contract basis to overcome shortage of teachers”. The affidavit further claimed that the teachers from Urdu Academy had been deployed to various Urdu medium schools to teach subjects like mathematics, science and social science in Urdu medium. There were 228 government schools under the ambit of DoE in which Urdu was being taught as a language. Along with it, 21 government schools are under DoE which have Urdu as the medium of instruction.