1.25 lakh school teachers to be appointed after Bihar panchayat elections: Minister – Times of India

Patna: The Bihar government will complete all the formalities for the recruitment of 1.25 lakh teachers for primary and secondary government schools across the state after the ongoing panchayat elections, the assembly was informed on Thursday. The last of the 11-point panchayat elections will be held on December 12.

“As soon as the state panchayat elections are over, the (education) department will complete the formalities for the recruitment of 1.25 lakh school teachers. About 40,000 teachers have already been appointed by the department,” Education Minister Vijay Kumar Chowdhury told the assembly.

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Now, there will be no shortage of teachers in government schools in the state, he said while concluding talks on a grant of Rs 7,744 crore to the education department for the current financial year.

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The government’s priority is to open one senior secondary school in each panchayat in the state, the minister said.

The report of the policy commission passed the demand for assembly grants in a walkout of opposition members in protest of the Bihar government’s “silence” over declaring the state as the poorest.

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Earlier, while participating in the discussion, RJD MLA Lalit Kumar Yadav said, “The recent report of the Niti Commission has revealed the failure of the Nitish Kumar government with information and evidence.”

The report puts Bihar at the bottom of the education, health and development index, he said.

“There is no need to approve the demand for grants in the education department. The minister must give his answer on the outcome of the policy commission,” Yadav said.

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RJD MLA Bhudeo Chowdhury wondered why the government was silent on the policy commission report.

According to the policy commission’s National Multidimensional Poverty Index Baseline report, Bihar ranks poorly on most indices – education, nutrition, school attendance, electricity, housing, bank accounts, sanitation and drinking water, he said.

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