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A total of 480 public school teachers left the system between 2018 and 2019, 125 more than last year.Going by the records, 2019 saw the highest attrition rate (5.44 percent) in the last five years, according to the Annual Education Statistics 2019 released yesterday.

Teacher attrition increasing

Yangchen C Rinzin

 A total of 480 public school teachers left the system between 2018 and 2019, 125 more than last year.

Going by the records, 2019 saw the highest attrition rate (5.44 percent) in the last five years, according to the Annual Education Statistics 2019 released yesterday.

In last one year, 480 teachers left the system as of May 2019 compared to 355 in 2018 and 198 in 2015.

Over the last five years, on an average, 3.89 percent of teachers have left the education system from public schools.

The record also shows that over the last five years, 1,575 teachers have left the system. Of the total, the highest number of teachers that left the system by type of service are civil servants with 1,165, followed by expatriate contract teachers (199), and national contract teachers (181).

The reason for leaving the system include voluntary resignation, superannuation, expiry of contract besides other reasons like termination and unfortunate events such as death.

Majority of the teachers left the system on voluntary resignation followed by the expiry of contract and superannuation. The report showed that in the last one year, a total of 277 teachers resigned voluntarily, which is an increase of 14 compared to 2018.

Eight teachers were compulsorily retired, 57 superannuated, 103 left because of expiry of contract, and 35 left because of other reasons.

A total of 26 teachers were sent on compulsory retirement in the past five years since 2015.

According to the report,  the number of expatriate teachers has also decreased while the number of national teachers has been increasing over the last five years.

Today, there are 163 expatriate teachers in both public and private schools with the majority in the higher secondary schools while the national teachers stand at 9,481.

The country also has 119 counsellors nationwide as of May against 707 public schools including ECCD centres, ECR, schools with SEN programmes, central schools, and autonomous schools.

As of today, the average student-teacher ratio for public schools is 18 students per teachers in the public school and 17 students in private schools. It is 11 students per teacher in private primary schools while it is 17 in primary public schools.

As of 2018, there are 2,659 teachers pursuing B.Ed and PGDE programmes in the two colleges of education, which is a slight increase in the overall enrolment compared to 2017.

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