India has a shortfall of around 10 lakh school teachers, according to a cabinet minister.
The minister of state for human resource development (HRD) Mahendra Nath Pandey put the blame on past governments for the current classroom crisis.
"It has been created due to a long backlog of posts lying vacant over the years," the 58-year-old minister told Times of India, referring to the problem plaguing the Indian education system.
"We have identified that there is a requirement of as many as 10 lakh teachers across the country," he said, adding the current government had set the wheels in motion to sort this issue.
The minister, who was in Bareilly, a town in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh and roughly 251km from state capital Lucknow, also stressed on the need to revise the education policy in the country.
The minister said the last time the policy was revamped was in 1976.
"We are now inviting suggestions from the public to introduce changes in the education system," he said.
Pandey also sounded caution about the falling standards in classrooms. But he spelled out a raft of measures to arrest that slide.
"We are trying to connect our students with facilities offered at international levels through satellite. We have also been working to increase the intake capacity of educational institutes in the country," he said.