Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stressed the need for educating girls as this has been proven to help check population growth. The CM pointed out that "if a girl is matriculate, the fertility rate on an average comes down to two per cent, and if she has completed school education, it further falls to 1.7 per cent nationally”.
In Bihar, the fertility rate for women who passed the Class 12 is 1.6 per cent, less than the national average, he said. Teachers play a crucial role in shaping society and they must strive to impart quality education to students at all times, Kumar said.
"The Bihar government has been consistently working towards providing the best possible education to the students of the state. The government has also decided to increase the budget allocation for the sector from 21 per cent to 25 per cent of the total budget," said the CM at an event organised to mark the birth anniversary of India's first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on Friday.
Kumar also warned of action against teachers who fail to perform their duties. "Teachers play a crucial role in shaping society. Therefore, they must strive to provide quality education to their pupils at all times. Action will be taken against them if they fail to perform their duties," he said.
On Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the CM said, "He (Azad) was a scholar, educationist, and freedom fighter who played an instrumental role in the development of the education system of independent India. He, like Mahatma Gandhiji, knew that Hindu-Muslim unity was very necessary for the freedom of India and worked for this... We must build tolerance and respect towards different faiths."
The CM, on the occasion, launched a book comprising guidelines for ditching school bags on Saturday. Saturdays will be a 'bagless' day in all the government schools of the state, said Dipak Kumar Singh, additional chief secretary of the education department.
(With PTI Inputs)