The UNESCO estimates teacher shortage in Indian schools at 3 million. An additional 1.5 million teachers will be required in the years to come. The ASER places the number of students in government schools at 121 million, more than half of whom are in rural or semi urban locations, while the count of teachers churned from India’s human resources remains low. Further, the addition to the number does not necessarily equate to addition in expertise or pedagogical strengths of the new recruits. The clear gaps in the education system are two pronged - the lack of teachers in general and the teachers lacking subject matter expertise. Extrapolate this situation to the rural parts of India, and lack of infrastructure including power and internet would further make the possibilities of access to knowledge by inspired students dismal. UNESCO’s research puts India as one of the several countries in the developing world where this problem is rampant.

The UNESCO estimates teacher shortage in Indian schools at 3 million. An additional 1.5 million teachers will be required in the years to come. The ASER places the number of students in government schools at 121 million, more than half of whom are in rural or semi urban locations, while the count of teachers churned from India’s human resources remains low. Further, the addition to the number does not necessarily equate to addition in expertise or pedagogical strengths of the new recruits. The clear gaps in the education system are two pronged - the lack of teachers in general and the teachers lacking subject matter expertise. Extrapolate this situation to the rural parts of India, and lack of infrastructure including power and internet would further make the possibilities of access to knowledge by inspired students dismal. UNESCO’s research puts India as one of the several countries in the developing world where this problem is rampant.