Addressing a function on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Kumar said that the state government is paying attention towards teachers' welfare and it has enhanced the honorarium of contractual teachers by Rs 3,000 per month without any demand from their side.
"As the state's financial health improves, we will raise the salary of teachers," he said. Over 2.25 lakh contractual teachers in the state were on agitation recently, demanding regularization of jobs and pay parity with regular teachers.
"When the present government had assumed power in November 2005, 12.5 percent children in the age group of 6 to 14 were out of schools. Today, the figure has come down to 3 percent," he said.
Following the death of 23 children after eating poisonous mid-day meal in a Chhapra school, Kumar said that the government is giving Rs 90,000 for constructing kitchen shed, to every school which lacks it. The Centre would be giving Rs 60,000 for each school under the same head, he added.
The state government was also providing utensil to students under the scheme, the Chief Minister said.
Kumar said that education had been the hallmark of Bihar from the beginning. Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment in Bihar while Nalanda, the ancient seat of learning for the world, is still viewed with utmost respect.
The Chief Minister also honoured eight teachers on the occasion. Expressing disappointment that over the fact that there was no woman among those chosen for reward, he asked the education department that there should be women teachers among the awardees on the occasion in future.
Education minister PK Shahi said that over two crore children are studying in 72,000 government schools in the state and the process of recruiting more teachers would be completed by December.


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