Guria Khatoon of Gaya(Bihar) is an example that the educational system in Bihar has improved and opportunity is available to all to get enrolled in school. Guria wanted to study but her parents wanted her to earn. Somehow, she convinced her parents and started studies. She was one of the few children selected from the country by the Unicef to visit England. This story was recalled by education minister Brishen Patel on Thursday in the assembly while replying to debate on the budgetary demands of his department of over Rs 24,715 crore for the current fiscal year.
Patel said Guria could study because of the educational infrastructure provided by the state government with the aim to providing educational opportunities to all without discrimination. The assembly approved the demand by voice vote after the BJP members walked out. Earlier, cut motions had been moved by Vikram Kuer, Vinod Narayan Jha, Achyutanand and Vinod Kumar Singh of BJP.
The minister said, “Our government made the policy of providing uniforms and shoes to all children and bicycles to students of class IX and above. Now, we have decided to provide school bag and water bottle to every student.”
The education minister said the number of primary schools has increased to 73,592 from a little over 52,000 and about 2.11 crore students are enrolled in them. The number of teachers has increased from 1.46 lakh to 4.17 lakh. Additional classrooms are being constructed ? against the sanctioned 2,72,455 classrooms, 2,19,370 have been constructed, while 48,677 classrooms are under construction. Under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, 20,841 primary schools have been opened against a target of 21,419 schools. So far, 19,551 primary schools have been upgraded to middle school against a target of 19,725.
Patel, at the outset, announced to set up a high-powered committee comprising members of both the Houses for seeking their opinion and suggestions on educational issues.
Initiating the debate, Rameshwar Chaurasia (BJP) lamented that students from Bihar had to migrate to other states because they have no educational opportunities within their state. He said there were 3,393 engineering colleges across the country, of which only 19 colleges are in Bihar, which accommodate only 5,200 students. In Andhra Pradesh alone, there are 704 engineering colleges and 25% of students there are from Bihar.