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Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at a function to mark the Teachers' Day at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Wednesday, vowed to introduce sweeping changes in private schools in Bihar saying they must be made affordable to children from all walks of life.

{gallery}newsimages2018/sept/090518{/gallery}"The state government is working on reining in private schools that arbitrarily charge exorbitant fee from concerned parents. Soon a bill to this effect will be presented in the Assembly and proper action would be taken so even poor children could get admission in them. This exploitation of the parents must come to an end and we are committed to put a brake on this," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.

Modi went on to say that similar checks have been imposed on private schools in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh and Bihar was soon going to follow the suit.

On the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister handed out awards to 17 teachers who were voted the best teachers in Bihar.

"Usually these awards are given out by the Chief Minister himself but due to a conflict in his schedule, Nitish Kumar could not be present at today's function," he said.

Modi, like a number of other ministers and senior officials in the Nitish government, then threw out a number of current educational buzzwords like 'smart classes', 'smart schools', 'smart boards' and 'online-offline availability of courses, to emphasize a brighter prospect for education in Bihar. He also announced plans to open 13 new degree colleges in various parts of Bihar.

State Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma and other members of the academic fraternity also spoke on the occasion.

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