Nitish rules out scam in Bihar schools

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday denied any scam in the enrolment of students in schools in the state but conceded there was a discrepancy in the number of them enrolled and those attending classes.

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Tuesday denied any scam in the enrolment of students in schools
in the state but conceded there was a discrepancy in the
number of them enrolled and those attending classes.

Kumar, who was speaking in the assembly during a
discussion on a short notice question by BJP MLA Achyutanand,
said the problem has been caused due to scrapping of the
school leaving certificate(SLC) for admission to another and
blamed the erstwhile RJD government for the discrepancy in the
enrolment of students in government schools.

The discrepancy came to the fore after the launch of the
health guarantee scheme mandating issuance of health cards to
all students upon furnishing of all details about them. It was
then found that the same student was registered in different
classes of the same school or even different schools at the
same time, he said.

The discrepancy was a matter of concern, Kumar said
adding his government had tried to improve enrolment rate in
Bihar and attained 97 per cent enrolment rate by 2011 as
against 88 per cent in 2005.

However, the state government was not content with and
wanted to improve quality of education and had implemented
schemes like providing them books, uniforms and bicycles and
mid-day meals.

PTI

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