While addressing a rally on June 19, 2018, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh claimed that the dropout rate in schools has dipped to less than 1% in the state. Talking more about this development, the chief minister claimed that earlier in schools, 12 out of 100 children did not progress to the middle school after junior school. This is a huge achievement for our government, he added. CM Singh also was of the view that this reduced school dropout rate clearly signifies that the young minds are getting better environment and resources for education in schools. Calling it a major national-level achievement, Raman Singh added that this has led to significant improvement in the quality of education.

Boasting further about his government for improving the quality of education in the region, CM Raman Singh further claimed that nowadays even the middle-class and the rich families are sending their children to the government-run institution. He also cited an example of one of the district collector’s child taking admission in a state-run school. I myself have studied in a government school, and my kids have followed the same, said Singh.

Not only that, he also added that soon the state education department will introduce a new subject titled as Agricultural studies to the students from the next academic session.

When confronted him on the issue of shortage of teachers, he quickly said that his government will surely resolve the issue in the coming days.The minister also said that he has directed the concerned department to conduct recruitment drive for ad-hoc teachers at the earliest. Notably, the Chhattisgarh state government had earlier promised the residents that they will admit as many as 1.50 lakh of more teachers (shikshakarmis or educational workers) who are presently working under panchayats and other local bodies, under the ambit of the state school education department.

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