Indian teachers rate majority of Indian students as inept for employment


While teachers from higher education institutes opined that 64 per cent of their students were incompetent for employment , school teachers felt only 48 per cent were unemployable.


It’s an eye-opener for the entire industry. Teachers across the country believe that 57 per cent of the students are unapt for employment.

The opinion of teachers of higher education is even harsher. They feel 64 per cent of their students are inept for employment, whereas school teachers say that only 48 per cent are unemployable.

The teachers believe that the current lot of students lacks knowledge, skills, attitude and ethics.

This was revealed by the Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey.

When asked what could improve the current status, 75 per cent of Indian teachers opined that industry–academia partnership was important to restructure the courses. Around 48 per cent of teachers suggested merit-based industry internships across all courses as the solution, while 44 per cent wanted industry training for teachers. Around 44 per cent of teachers gave higher credits for practical assignments.

Interestingly, teachers in Karnataka and UP are more optimistic than their counterparts in Haryana and NCT (National Capital Territory) of Delhi.

For instance, around 68 per cent of teachers in Karnataka believe that the current Indian education system is providing holistic education to learners, whereas in the NCT of Delhi, the figure is only 46 per cent. The national average, though, is around 60 per cent.

Similarly, teachers in Haryana are of the opinion that 67 per cent of students in India do not possess the skills required for employment, whereas according to teachers in UP, the level of incompetency is only 49 per cent.

As scope for improvement in terms of holistic learning, 47 per cent of teachers across India suggest that there should be continuous assessment of students’ performance. It seems teachers aren’t too happy with the abolishment of school exams and marking at the board level.

Around 44 per cent of teachers also feel that there should be better integration of technology and digital content into the teaching methodology, and around 43 per cent of teachers want linkage between concepts across subjects and disciplines. Surprisingly, only 23 per cent of teachers place greater emphasis on physical education and arts and craft.

The survey represents the views of 5,387 teachers from schools and higher education institutes across 527 cities and towns of India.


  1. It is not the fault of students. The main I’ll lies with the teachers that they have neither the scolorship and integrity to teach teach the students inspire of the kids having a very IQ. It is the fault of the govt to fix Reservation in all sectors. There are many very qualified and deducated people who want to Persue
    the teaching professions.
    Another problem is privatisation of education in all fields as education should be totally a govt subject as was earlier and after independence govt had totally failed as we have Politicians have neither integrity and wisdom to take it forward. It is only the government which can save this stalemate and downfall.

  2. I believe we never opt for education synergized with industry. Unless that specialization happens and happens across the value chain we will only have half-baked professionals or glorified technocrats, with very few putting the knowledge into hands-on implementation

  3. The survey looks like a barometer of what Ministry of Education could improvise upon to ensure better quality and skills of students to be rated higher on the employability scale by teachers themselves. Summons bechmarking of curriculum, teachers, teaching methodologies, industry participation, monitoring to up the overall yield of employment ready or self starter youth!

  4. There is truth and reality of higher education. Only students are not to be blamed for quality of compatibility. The other factors viz poor infrastructure of institute, teacher’s quality and experience, influence of politicians, lack of interaction with industries are also equally responsible for poor quality of student. This also leads to lack of professional attitude in students and teachers.More over government, UGC, AICTE policies contribute to it.

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