Kolkata, Dec 17 (UNI) The West Bengal government has decided to set up Santhali medium schools in primary level in different districts to teach students of the community, School Education Minister Partha Dey said today.
The Minister informed the Assembly that Purulia, Bankura, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Birbhum and West Midnapore would have the Santhali medium schools which would be operational from the 2008-09 academic year.
Mr Dey said such schools in the districts would be set up in places where more than 40 per cent of the students were Santhals adding a survey has been undertaken in this regard.
''We have decided to set up the Santhali medium schools considering the fact that it is always good to teach students in primary level in mother tongue,'' he observed.
Referring to the vacant post of teachers in secondary and higher secondary schools in the state, Mr Dey said the appointment of 10,794 teachers was required to fill up the posts.
He also said the number of drop outs was decreasing in the state terming it as a ''healthy sign'' in regard to advancement of education in West Bengal.
''We are giving emphasis on education along with health, housing and employment and leaving no stone unturned for the overall development of the state,'' Mr Dey maintained.