Nitish Kumar asks women groups to help Bihar govt ensure quality education

Nitish Kumar asks women groups to help Bihar govt ensure quality education

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday asked women self-help groups to report to the government if teachers in schools are punctual and students attending classes.

“On paper, 99 per cent of students are enrolled in schools, but it’s a known fact that not more than 50-60 per cent of them come to school regularly,” Kumar said, addressing a function here.

“You have to see why students are not coming to schools regularly. Besides, you have to keep a watch over teachers… if they are punctual,” he said exhorting the women self-help groups members to take the responsibility.

“You have to also inspect whether cleanliness is maintained in schools and mid-day meal provided as per the rules,” the Chief Minister said.

Kumar said a special cell would be set up in the Education department to look into any complaints in this regard.

“There would be monthly monitoring at the Chief Secretary’s level. I myself will keep a close watch to ensure that quality is maintained in school education,” he said.

The Chief Minister also credited women self-help groups with the effective implementation of prohibition in the state.

Quality education focus of New Education Policy

Quality education focus of New Education Policy: Javadekar

Mumbai: Asserting that education is fundamental to bringing social change in society, Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said, the government is giving final touches to the New Education Policy, which will lay thrust on quality education for all.

The minister said suggestions on the draft education policy are welcome and a deadline for comments on the draft was extended till September 15 this year.

Speaking at a function organised in Ruia College, Mumbai to facilitate meritorious poor students, Javadekar said that active participation of society was also essential for ensuring education for all.

Javadekar said the education policy should be in sync with contemporary realities and address the aspirations of the new generation.

He called active participation of society essential for ensuring education for all. “You cannot entrust the entire responsibility to government alone,” he said.

The minister expressed concern that there were 20 lakh vacancies of teachers at various levels from primary schools to IITs. He urged students to consider teaching as an honourable career option, not confining themselves to engineering and medical fields.

On the occasion Javadekar also handed over financial assistance to meritorious poor students who had scored high marks in SSC examination of Maharashtra Board, fighting against all odds.