The state of education in Bihar is under a lot of scrutiny at the moment. The state needs almost twice the number of teachers existing in the state. The ratio of student to teacher is too low in the state. Even the right to education ratio is not fulfilled by the schools in the state. It should be 30:1 but it is almost 82:1.
A very low percentage of the teachers teaching at the Panchayat level are qualified enough to be teaching. The campus that the schools have is not enough. Only 3% of the teachers are associated with the development board. The students need more classrooms in order to get proper education. There is a requirement for more teachers and classrooms. There are nearly 60,000 schools in the state and yet the attendance percentage of the students is as low as 63% only.
The education minister of the state was presented with a survey stating these things. P.K.Shahi agreed to the fact that the state education board had a lot of flaws in it. He was quick to comment that the government was taking care of the situation. He assessed the fact that the state needs more 1, 42,000 classrooms and the government built about 3,000 classrooms in the last 4 months.
He also pointed to the fact that in Bihar the number of girls getting educated was more that the number of boys getting educated. He said that nearly 83% of schools were taking into consideration by the government regarding development. He said that the problem was big and would be taken care of at a gradual pace. A lot of work has been going on in this field in the last two years.
The state is looking to hire about 95,000 teachers by the end of November in order to bring the ratio down. However this is also a big problem for the state. All the teachers are not qualified under the TET course and hence they cannot fill in the vacancies that exist at the moment. However they will be looking into alternative ways to get this problem sorted out.
Separate funds will also be allocated to the schools to improve the sanitation and the kitchen area. The mid day meals will be given t students. They are also planni9ng on giving a course to their existing teachers in the next six months. This will be done in two batches. This will definitely help the students of the state when they have qualified teachers.
A lot of improvement needs to be made on the infrastructure of the schools and training of the teachers. Clean toilets and kitchen in the schools is the order of the day. The head of the board also stated that if the private schools were being deprived of affiliation due to infrastructure issues ten same parameters should be applied on government schools. If the same parameters are not applied then the parameters should be relaxed to accommodate more schools.