According to information obtained through a Right to Information (RTI) query, approximately 30 per cent of teaching and non-teaching positions in Kendriya Vidyalayas nationwide remain unfilled. The RTI was filed by Chandrashekhar Gaur, a social worker from Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch, seeking details on sanctioned, vacant, and filled positions in central schools. In response, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) provided a breakdown of the vacancies in relation to the sanctioned strength.
As of June 1, there are a total of 49,793 sanctioned posts for principals and teachers, along with 15,510 posts for non-academic roles, making the overall sanctioned strength 65,303. Among teachers, 2,590 posts for post-graduate teachers, 3,711 posts for TGTs (Trained Graduate Teachers), and 5,241 posts for primary teachers remain vacant. Additionally, 6,892 posts in non-academic roles are also unfilled.
It is important to note that there are more than 1200 Kendriya Vidyalayas across India, catering to approximately 14 lakh students. These schools were established 60 years ago.
In February of this year, Union Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar informed Parliament that across Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya schools, and Central Higher Education Institutes, a total of 58,000 teaching and non-teaching posts were vacant. Specifically, 3,271 teaching posts were vacant in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, and 1,756 non-teaching posts remained unfilled in residential schools.
Additionally, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) reported having 4,425 vacant teaching posts and 5,052 non-teaching posts.
The minister highlighted that filling these vacancies is an ongoing process, and efforts are being made to recruit suitable candidates in accordance with the relevant recruitment rules of each institution.