BJP MLCs protest at the entrance of the Bihar Council at the Assembly in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Deepak Kumar
Patna, March 24: MLAS cutting across party lines today raised the issue of the plight of education in government schools in the Assembly, complaining about inadequate number of teachers in institutes in their respective constituencies.
"There are 450 students in the school in my constituency. But there are no teachers for Hindi, Sanskrit or economics. There is a teacher for Urdu. But there are no students for Urdu," said BJP MLA from Bhagalpur district Kumar Shailendra. Congress MLA from Kishanganj Javed complained that there were only four teachers in a school of 1,200 students against the sanctioned strength of 10 teachers.
During the question hour, several other MLAs had the same complaint. Education minister P.K. Shahi had a standard answer for all.
"Teachers would be posted in schools after recruitment," he stressed. He, however, refused to give a deadline for posting of teachers.
"If I give a time-frame, it would be misleading the House," he said, as Congress leader of the House Sadanand Singh declared that the trend of inadequate teachers appeared to be prevalent in all government schools across the state and urged the education minister to take a serious look into the matter. Shahi responded by stressing that recruitment of teachers was an ongoing process. "There are several hurdles. But we are trying to overcome those," he said.
He shot down the plea for transferring teachers to schools where the number of teachers was abnormally low. "According to a Supreme Court direction, we cannot stop any person preferring his home district," he said.
Minister for social welfare for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Ramai Ram was caught in a tight spot while replying to a question by Mahendra Baitha (BJP) regarding the distribution of scholarship to Dalit students in a college in Patna. The minister claimed that the scholarships had been given to Dalit students, while the MLA challenged him that a substantial number of Dalit students had been denied the scholarship.
The Assembly witnessed a row over two issues - the lathicharge by police on agitating contract teachers on Monday and the alleged failure of the government to give five decimals of land to landless Mahadalits for residential purpose.
Drug scam FIR
BJP MLAs cleared the ruckus in the House over the statement of health minister Ramdhani Singh that officials and companies identified as guilty in the medicine purchase scam did not warrant an FIR to be lodged against them.
Agitated BJP MLCs stormed to the Well of the House and raised slogans, forcing adjournment. Later, state party president Mangal Pandey alleged that the government was shielding the guilty.