Recruiting adequate teachers my priority: Munda

A day after he won the Kharswan assembly by-election, Jharkhand CM 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.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 19:14 PM IST

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 PTI 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
recently.

Besides education, he said, the government would attach
priority to electricity, water, road and other infrastructure
for which, he said, "we have intiated 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.

PTI