According to a recent report by the Provincial Education Department, there is only one teacher for every 6,700 students in Balochistan. This is significantly lower than the national average.
The teacher shortage in Balochistan is devastatingly impacting the quality of education students in the province receive. Many schools in Balochistan are understaffed, and teachers are often overloaded with work.
The teacher shortage also contributes to the province’s high dropout rate. According to a recent study by the World Bank, the dropout rate in Balochistan is 35%, which is the highest in the country.
Many students drop out of school because they cannot learn in an environment without teachers to support them.
Factors Contributing to the Teachers’ Shortage
A few of the factors contributing to this crisis include:
Lack of investment in education in the province: Balochistan has the lowest education budget of any province in Pakistan. This lack of investment has made attracting and retaining qualified teachers difficult.
Insecurity in the province: Balochistan has been plagued by violence and instability for many years. This has made it difficult for teachers to work in the province, and many have left their jobs.
What Can Be Done To Address The Teacher Shortage In Balochistan?
The provincial government should invest more in education. This would allow the hiring of more teachers and improve the working conditions for teachers.
Another thing that the provincial government can do is to address the insecurity in the province. This would make it easier for teachers to work in the province and encourage more qualified teachers.
The government could partner with private organizations and non-profit groups to train new teachers and support teachers already working in the province.
The teacher shortage in Balochistan is a complex issue, but it can be solved with the right approach.