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Regional languages to be medium of instruction in Bihar's elementary schools

Patna, March 3

Regional languages like Bhojpuri, Magahi, Maithili will be the medium of instruction in elementary schools of Bihar in future, state Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said in the assembly on Wednesday.

Replying to a question during a debate on the budgetary demand of Rs 38,035 crore for Education Department, the minister said, the idea behind adopting regional language as the medium of instruction in elementary schools is to teach students in their mother tongue so that they grasp concepts in a better way.

The Education Departments budgetary demand was passed by voice vote, though a cut motion moved by Congress member Vijay Shankar Dubey was rejected by the House.

Stressing the importance that is being given to education by the state government, he said, Rs 38,035 crore earmarked for 2021-22 fiscal forms 21.9 per cent of the states budget for 2021-22 fiscal.

Noting that without improving the quality of education, the state cannot develop, he said the time has come to pay attention to "learning output" by making a proper assessment.

"We have created an environment for children where they can study. We are giving food, uniform, bicycles to them but it needs to be verified whether children are making progress in receiving education," Choudhary said. — PTI 

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