Nitish lays thrust on quality education

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that the state government was committed to improve the primary education.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2012, 22:03 PM IST

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that the state government was committed to improve the primary education and reduce school dropout rate as the next step, towards ongoing reforms in the education sector.

"We have already attained our primary mission to woo all children to schools by attaining 97 per cent enrolment rate. We have set out on the agenda to improve quality of education and reduce dropout rates as the next level of reforms in the education centre," he said in the legislative council while
replying to a debate on the Governor`s speech.

Kumar candidly admitted irregularities in the figures of number of students enrolled in schools and said that measures like cleaning of school registers has been undertaken to reflect exact number of students enrolled in schools and attending classes on regular basis.

The school principals have been directed to strictly maintain the register of students enrolled in each class in their schools so as to identify the exact number of students eligible for various benefits like books, uniform, bicycle
mid-day meal and scholarships, he said.

The enrolment register will also help identify students dropping out in next classes and measures will be taken accordingly to help such students complete their studies till matriculation at least, the Chief Minister said.

He also announced that the children from Extremely Backward Castes (EBCs) will be given scholarships to pursue studies right from Class Ist at par with their counterparts belonging to the SC/ST communities from next year.

PTI