More schools to be opened: Nitish



Patna: The Bihar government is endeavouring to set up one secondary school in each gram panchayat entailing a cost of Rs 5500 crores, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said.

The state government is committed to set up more schools and equip them with good facilities to provide quality education to the students, he said at the Independence Day function yesterday.

There are 8400 gram panchayas in the state and only 3000 secondary schools, Kumar said adding that the state government was making an endeavour to set up one secondary school in each gram panchayat. There will be requirement of Rs. 5500 crores to set up 5400 schools, he said.

Besides, the state government will have to arrange for Rs. 3000 crores to provide recurring annual expenditure of each proposed secondary school, the Chief Minister said.

He said that sincere efforts have been made to bring children to the schools and as a result of which there were only three per cent children remaining out of school, but these children must also be enrolled in the schools to ensure their future.

Among other measures taken by the NDA government to improve education in Bihar, it has been decided to ensure that the students should have an attendence of 80 per cent in their classes.

Expressing concern over high fertility rate in Bihar, the Chief Minister said that literacy and education were the only means by which the people could be taught about the value of smaller families.

The state has a fertility rate of 3.7 per cent, but in case of women with education up to matriculation, the fertility rate stood at two per cent, he said, adding that the population growth could be checked by educating the people, particularly the women.

He said that education schemes have been launched for the people in Mahadalit localities and the minorities with an emphasis on education of the women.

The Chief Minister also harped on the law and order situation and said that the state government has been successful in restoration of peace and rule of law.

Altogether 74,000 criminals have been convicted and put behind bars, he said, adding that it has, however, been observed that many of these criminals got released on bail and taken to crime.

In order to deter such criminals, the state government has decided to file applications in the competent courts for cancellation of their bails, he said.

PTI