Patna: The Bihar government will appoint Urdu teachers in all government schools in the state to promote the language, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said on Sunday.
"I have decided that at least one Urdu teacher will be appointed in every government school. Earlier there was a provision to appoint such teachers only in those schools which had ten Urdu students. I want those who study Urdu to learn Hindi, and those who study Hindi to learn Urdu as both are sweet languages," Manjhi said.
In the first phase, Urdu teachers would be appointed in schools located in minority-dominated areas, and later in other schools, he said.
The Chief Minister was speaking at a seminar on 'Educational problems of the minorities and their solution' organised at Imarat-e-Sharia at Phulwarisharif on the outskirts of the state capital.
Manjhi said there were 73,000 primary and 18,000 middle and high schools in the state and he has decided to have at least one higher secondary school in each panchayat.
The Chief Minister said he was engrossed in carrying forward the schemes started by former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and added the government was providing more facilities to its teachers in comparison to those working in private schools, and also asked them to produce results.
Manjhi said if needed the state government would ask the CBI to probe the communal clash at Ajizpur village in Muzaffarpur district, which claimed four lives on January 18.
The state government has provided five acres of land and Rs 65 lakh for Maulana Mazrul Haq Arabic Persian University. The Chief Minister said.
Talking about doctors, Manjhi added the next time new ones were taken into government service, he would put a condition that they would have to serve in rural areas for five years.