Assam’s elementary education sector is facing an acute crisis with over 16,000 posts of teachers lying vacant in schools across the state. With elections around the corner, Dispur has initiated steps to expedite the recruitment processbut it appears to be a Herculean task, sources in the education department indicated today. The posts have been lying vacant though the government initiated the recruitment process in 2005 and 2007. Various factors, including legal hurdles, came in the way of recruitment of assistant teachers. “There is no disputing that there is a crisis of faculty in schools and we are trying our best to resolve the same. However, extraneous factors keep cropping up now and then thwarting our attempts to complete the process. But steps have been initiated to fill up vacant posts in the lower primary and upper primary schools at the earliest,” the source said.  The government has, however, collected data to rationalise teachers in schools and hopes to complete the process soon. Read more at http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090116/jsp/northeast/story_10389806.jsp