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News - Educating girls has resulted in reduction of fertility rate in Bihar

Putting emphasis on education of girls, on Tuesday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that, boosting the same has resulted in reduction of fertility rate in Bihar, where it has gone down to 3.2 from 3.9 earlier. He said that if the wife has passed the intermediate examination the fertility rate is 1.7 but it was 1.6 in Bihar. He also added that his government is giving topmost priority to education for which more than 20% of the state budget is earmarked.

Solution for increasing population :

Speaking at Teacher's Day function in Patna, Nitish Kumar said it has been found in studies in the country that if the wife is a matriculate than the fertility rate will be around two and this has been the situation in Bihar.
"On the basis of this, we thought that we have found the solution to control population. If all the girls in the state study up to class XII we can achieve the national average in terms of fertility rate or do even better than it. As a result, we decided to open a plus two school in every village."

Schemes launched to boost education :

He also said senior secondary schools were opened in more than 5,000 village panchayats and in the rest too it would come up soon. The state government has launched several schemes like bicycle programme, free uniform as well school bag and shoes in order to boost education.

Increase in enrollment of girls in schools :

"Earlier the number of girls studying in Class IX was only 1.7 lakh and now it has reached 9 lakh. The enrollment of girls in class IX is almost equal to that of the boys," Nitish Kumar said at the function, where he awarded meritorious teachers.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that the state government spends Rs 14,434 crore every year as salary to teachers. Out of this, Rs 2,925 crore is spent on salaries for college teachers, Rs 4,852 crore for primary school teachers, Rs 1,997 crore for middle school teachers, and Rs 4,600 crores for fixed-pay teachers.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/

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