Jamshedpur: A day after he won the Kharswan assembly by-election, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Friday said his priority was to ensure that adequate teachers
were recruited to strengthen the education system within the next three months.
"We have large number of high school teachers posts lying vacant for long and my government’s priority is to ensure adequate teachers to strenghthen the education system
at the higher level", Munda said.
Talking to a news agency here, Munda said his government would ensure that vacant posts be filled up soon as he wanted to each high school to have adequate number of teachers.
"High school studies are a turning point in the career of students as these youngsters will shape the future of the country after getting proper education", Munda said admitting
that the state has been facing a shortage of at least 5000 to 6000 high school teachers.
The shortage of teachers, which was around 3500 to 4000 in 2004-05, has gone up to 5000 to 6000 with the government upgrading about 300 primary schools into high schools
Besides education, he said, the government would attach priority to electricity, water, road and other infrastructure for which, he said, "we have initiated steps".
Asked about the forthcoming budget of the state, the Chief Minister said he would not divulge anything now.
Referring to the industrial policy, he said the existing policy has been extended till March. "We are contemplating about a new policy but at the moment the existing one has been
extended till March", he said.
Munda said he will resign from his seat either on March 2 or 3.