"We have found that educating girls is the best way to stabilise population. Data reveals that average fertility rate of the girls educated till class 10 in the country is 2 and in Bihar also it was the same. The fertility rate drops to 1.7 in the country if the girl is educated till class 12 but in Bihar it is 1.6 which is better than the national average," Kumar said.
"While seeing the data related to fertility rate of educated girls, we have decided to open 'plus two' (higher secondary) schools in all village panchayats and we are working on a five year target to complete it. If all girls in Bihar study till class 12, the fertility rate will go down," he added.
The chief minister was speaking at a workshop on 'Health, Women and Development' organised in the state capital by Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) and Population Foundation of India (PFI).
Kumar pointed out that the fertility rate of Bihar is 3.9 in comparison to 2.4 at all-India level. The population is increasing by 25 per cent every 10 years. It must be stabilised as the area of land would not increase.
"I emphasise on education of girls because it will not only help stabilise population but will also help check child marriage, female foeticide, and improve sex ratio," he added.
The chief minister termed adverse sex ratio as a "big problem" and said if it continued then men would not be able to get married just like the situation that has arisen in Haryana and many problems would erupt in the society.
"It will lead to violence, atrocities on women, moral corruption and many other things. There is a dire need to correct adverse sex ratio. The society will be destroyed if we do not pay attention to it," he added.

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