Almost 29 million primary teachers are taking classes all over the world every day to enlighten children with their knowledge but it is not at all enough to achieve the Global Primary Education by 2015. To achieve the same there has to be an increase of 4 million primary teachers by the year 2015 and 27.3 million more teachers by 2030.
According to statistics, around 650 million children are in the age of their primary education and almost 250 million of them are not getting their basic education right due to the overall shortage of the primary teachers in the world. Many countries are sacrificing on the standards of teaching and are hiring unprofessional and unqualified teachers with little or no training to teach these students. In another statistics it has come out that in almost one-third of the countries less than 75% teachers are trained, which on a larger scale in ruining the goal of achieving universal primary education.
The reports have come forward through the help of a policy paper issued by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) prepared by Institute of Statistics (UIS) and the EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR), which has also pointed out that almost 93 countries in the world is facing the problem of shortage in the number of teachers and there is at least a requirement of 4 million teachers to fill all the positions.
The worst situation in terms of the shortage in the number of primary teachers is in India where almost 3 million teachers are needed at the moment to fill all the possible gaps in these primary schools. India is in the second place with the shortage after Nigeria.
Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO said, “A quality universal primary education will remain a distant dream for millions of children living in countries without enough trained teachers in classrooms. Teachers are the core of any education system. Hiring and training new and already established teachers is fundamental to protecting children’s ability to learn in school.”
As per the UNESCO data the situation of India is quite alarming among other Asian countries that are in the list. Pakistan would need 1.56 million teachers while Bangladesh would need around three lakh teachers by 2015.