Patna: The secondary education scenario in Bihar is in a very bad shape due to lack of infrastructure and teachers in schools, Education Minister P K Shahi admitted in the state assembly on Tuesday.

Replying to a starred question, he said secondary education scenario in Bihar was in a very bad shape due to lack of infrastructure and teachers in schools though the state had set up a large number of secondary institutions by upgrading the primary ones.

The state government was presently engaged in the task of building secondary school buildings, Shahi said.

To another question, he said the state was granted sanction by the Centre for upgradation of 797 primary schools as secondary schools under the National Secondary Education Campaign (NSEC) in the past two fiscal years.

However, no fund was allocated to the state for construction of infrastructure and other facilities at these upgraded schools.

The state government undertook construction of 323 and 169 secondary school buildings in 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively, Shahi said, adding the state received only Rs. 64.42 crore and Rs. 124 crore for these two years under the NSEC.

The Centre did not make any financial allocation for secondary school education in 2011-12, he said adding the state will make arrangements from its own resources for improvement of education in secondary schools.

Earlier, to a discussion in the Legislative Council on vacancy of 20,000 Urdu teachers in the primary schools, the education minister said he was aware of it and a separate examination will be held in due course to shortlist a pool of candidates to fill up the vacant posts of Urdu teachers.


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