“Keeping this in mind, higher secondary schools have been opened in around 6000 panchayats so far. The government will open higher secondary schools in all the remaining panchayats by April next year,” he said.
There are around 8500 panchayats across the state, official sources said.
Mr Kumar said the state’s fertility rate has come down to 3.3 from 4.3 in 2005 when he had taken over the reins of the state, it said.
The percentage of children out of school has come down to one per cent from 12.5 when he came to power, he said adding that this was possible because of the government’s efforts to open new schools, building new classrooms, recruiting teachers besides other measures for the overall development of the sector.
Mr Kumar was addressing the birth anniversary function of the country’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad which is celebrated as “Shiksha Diwas” by Bihar government since 2007. Azad’s birthday has been celebrated as Shiksha Diwas by the Centre since 2008 on Nitish Kumar’s request.