In a unique initiative to make up for the shortage of teachers in schools, the District Magistrate has launched a campaign ‘Vidyadaan’ under which district officials are visiting government-run educational institutes and teaching students.

The number of students enrolled in government-run schools is very high and there has been an acute shortage of teachers in these educational institutes.

Under the new campaign, all government officials have been directed to teach the students of government schools once a week, District Magistrate Mukesh Meshram told PTI.

There are about 400 primary and middle schools run by the government in the city catering to around 30,000 students. The teacher-student ratio in these schools is 1:100 and in some cases a single teacher is in charge of an entire school, he said.

Taking inspiration from the move, many NGOs and educated women from various households are coming forward to teach these children.

The DM is not only teaching but also providing students with stationery items such as pencil box, lunch box and school bags.

On being asked whether teachers will be recruited, he said, “It will take some time to recruit teachers. Meanwhile, government officers will educate children.” On whether there is a shortage of teachers in schools situated in villages, he said that surprisingly there are enough teachers in villages and only the city schools have inadequate number of teaching staff, and that is why the campaign has been specifically initiated in city-based schools.