School Education Department
Address: 18, Nityadhan Mukherjee Road, Siksha Bhawan, Howrah – 711101
Mail ID – dipe.howrah2013[at]gmail[dot]com
School Education Department
Address: 18, Nityadhan Mukherjee Road, Siksha Bhawan, Howrah – 711101
Mail ID – dipe.howrah2013[at]gmail[dot]com
The Department of School Education, Government of West Bengal, is endowed with the responsibility of enhancing Access, Equity and Quality in education across the State by bringing into practice the over-arching vision and mission of 21st century Education at the Primary, Upper- Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary levels. The Department as the nodal body has several distinct Functionaries which look after various aspects of school education for the state. The Functionaries have well-defined assignments. Some of these are: development of Curriculum, Syllabus, Text Books, Evaluation Pattern and In-service Teachers’ Training (Expert Committee on School Education), Conducting Board/Council Examinations and providing Academic Guidance, (Boards and Councils), Preparation of Research Material and Follow-up Training (SCERT), Inspection (Inspectorate), Recruitment of teachers/staff (Service Commission), Execution of Projects and Schemes (Project Office). These Functionaries work in tandem with an eye to promote and consolidate the diverse virtues of education.
The School Education Department is responsible for implementation of West Bengal government’s vision and mission in primary, secondary and higher secondary education. The department as the nodal body has nine distinct entities which look after various aspects of school education for the state. Some of the entities have specific tasks like conducting examination, text book/curriculum preparation (boards and councils), inspection (inspectorate), recruitment of teachers/staff (service commission), execution of projects and schemes (project office), preparation of teaching/training/research material (state council of education and research). All the entities also have the regular budgeting, auditing, recognition/affiliation/up-gradation of schools, legal affairs and other employee related HR activities.
The vision of the State School Education Department is to ensure that students are imparted with the most supreme quality of education, physical environment to grow, and curriculum that enables them to be responsible citizens of the country. The Department ascertains the universalization of education at the Elementary level in schools as envisaged in The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The Department has also emphasized The Secondary and Higher Secondary level in the same manner. The Department through its various functionaries works dedicatedly to ensure students are imparted with skills to face the various challenges successfully in their personal and social life. The Department further facilitates the growth of children through pioneering social schemes such as Kanyashree, Sabuj Saathi, and Mid-Day Meal among many others.
The Department of School Education aims at the overall growth, development, and progression of Students, Teachers, and Headmasters. In order to promote ‘Education First’, the Department has specified the following goals:
Bi-cycle Distribution Scheme-
Hon’ble Finance Minister, in his Budget Speech of 2015-2016, announced a scheme for distribution of bicycles to an estimated 40 lakh students studying in classes IX to XII in Government and Government Aided Schools and Madrasahs of the State. He announced that around 25 lakh students would be covered in 2015-16 and the remaining 15 lakh in the next fiscal.
By now, this scheme is well-known as “Sabooj Sathi” as coined by Hon’ble Chief Minister herself and it reflects her desire to see young students empowered to achieve new feats in the future through the bicycles provided under the scheme. She also created the scheme logo which is firmly attached in the basket in front of the bicycle. Hon’ble CM flagged off the distribution in October 2015 from Paschim Medinipur.
The scheme was conceived with the primary objective of enhancing student access to Secondary Education. The scheme is further expected-
The objectives are aligned with four Sustainable Goals of agenda 2030. These are SDG3: Good Health & Well-being, SDG4: Quality Education, SDG5: Gender Equality and SDG13: Climate actions.
The Backward Classes Welfare Department and the West Bengal SC, ST and OBC Development & Finance Corporation (formerly WB SC & ST Dev & Fin Corporation) have been declared “Nodal” Department and “Implementing Agency” respectively. A Steering Committee consisting of the Secretaries of the Departments of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, School Education, Minority Affairs & Madrasah Education & Sundarban Affairs was constituted to guide the implementation process. An inter-departmental Tender Committee was formed for observing the procurement process. At the District level, Nodal officers were identified for shouldering the responsibility of the scheme and SDOs, BDOs and Executive officers of Municipalities were further aligned for ensuing implementation in a time bound manner.
Procurement was done through e-Tender, as per the existing norms of the State Government. Specifications were finalized in consultation with the “Research & Development Centre for bicycles & sewing machines”, an entity created under the joint effort of the Punjab Government and UNDP. To maintain transparency, the status at different stages was shared in the public domain through http://wbtenders.gov.in and https://wbsaboojsathi.gov.in So far, three phases of procurement has been done where leading Indian manufacturers – Hero Cycles Ltd., TI Cycles Ltd and Avon cycles ltd. were selected.
The cost of implementation of the Sabooj Sathi Scheme is borne by the departments of Backward Classes Welfare for SC & OBC students, Tribal Development for ST students, School Education for General category students & Minority Affairs & Madrasah Education for Minority category students.
E-Governance in Implementation
Implementation of the scheme has multi-dimensional challenges like collection of students’ record, consignment tracking and management, selection of secure places for delivery, tagging of schools, deployment of a huge number of fitters from across the country, their logistic arrangements, security etc. and finally keeping distribution records in the public domain as a part of our proactive disclosure policy. https://wbsaboojsathi.gov.in was developed with the dedicated support team of NIC to handle all the modules and to cater to the requirements of all the stakeholders of this mammoth scheme.
Our scheme stakeholders include teachers and students of 12,235 Government & Government-aided schools and Madrasahs, School Inspectors, 341 Blocks, 129 Municipalities, officers of the District Administration, peoples’ representatives who participated and contributed in different ways to make the scheme a grand success. Students’ records were entered on-line through portal by the schools, validated thereafter by Sub Inspectors of Schools, Additional District Inspectors / District Inspectors of Schools. BDOs performed the task of creating delivery points and tagging schools to finalise delivery point-wise requirement of Boys & Girls bicycles. Suppliers were given opportunity through portal to enter consignment details so that those can be tracked by the officials of State Government. Schools generated Distribution record from their individual log-in facility. Finally, the schools uploaded data like date of distribution, bi-cycle brand, Bi-cycle frame No. (Unique), particulars of student etc. District-wise, Block wise and individual student wise Distribution records were made available in the public domain on real time basis.
Since 2015, about 91.88 lakh students have received bicycles under the scheme.More than One Crore students are being covered in seven phases while Phase VI is in progress out phase VII has been sanctioned.
Mid-Day-Meal Programme (CMDMP) –
Cooked Mid-Day Meal Programme is one of the most important flagship programme in the country. Originally, this programme covered the children studying in Primary schools (Class: I-V) and later it has been extended to the Upper Primary stage of education (Class:VI-VIII). It covers the Govt., Govt. aided, Local Body schools besides the children studying in Madrasah, NCLP, SSK, MSK etc.
CMDMP,2006 seeks to address two of the most pressing problems for the majority of children in India, namely, hunger and education by:
Food norms under NP for MDM in School:
The Food norms would be as under
|Sl No.||Items||Quantity Per Meal|
|Primary students||Upper Primary & NCLP Students|
|3||Vegetables (leafy also)||50gms||75gms|
|6||Salt & Condiments||As per need||As per need|
Components of NP-for MDM in Schools:
Assistance of cooking cost has been provided by the Govt. of India and State Govt. The rate of cooking cost from 1st April,2019 onwards is as follows:
|Stage||Total cost per meal||Central state sharing60:40|
|Central contribution||State contribution|
|Primary||Rs. 4.97||Rs. 2.98||Rs. 1.99|
|Upper Primary& NCLP||Rs. 7.45||Rs. 4.47||Rs. 2.98|
The cooking cost would include the cost of pulses, vegetables, oil, fats, salt& condiments and fuel.
Rice is allowed by the Govt. of India at free of cost @ 100gms per child per school day for Primary students and @ 150gms per child per school day for upper primary & NCLP students. Rice is lifted from the FCI godowns at districts. The supply of food-grains will be of best available quality or at least of Fair Average Quality (FAQ).
Honorarium to cook-cum-helper:
Payment of honorarium to cook-cum-helpers under CMDMP was made earlier from State Budget @ Rs.600/- per month per school. From December, 2009, Govt. of India decided to pay an honorarium to cook-cum-helper @Rs.1000/- for each cook-cum-helper and the expenditure towards the honorarium was shared between the central and the state on 75:25basis. At present from July 2016 the expenditure is being shared between the central and the state on a 60:40 basis.
The sharing pattern is as under:
|Total honorarium for one cook-cum-helper for one month||Central share||State Share|
|Rs. 1,500||Rs. 600||Rs.900Rs. 400(as per norms)Rs. 500(additional given by the State Govt.)|
Honorarium to cook-cum-helpers is paid for 10 months in a Financial Year.
Engagement of cook-cum-helper for this programme:
One cook-cum-helper may be engaged in a school under MDM programme having 25 students, twocook-cum-helpers for schools having 26 to 100 students and one additional cook-cum-helper for every additional of upto 100 students.
The Govt. of India allows maximum Rs.1500/- per MT as transportation assistance for transportation of food-grains to school end. Payment of transportation cost is to be made as per existing PDS rates and distance of school from the FCI godown.
Construction of Kitchen-Cum-Store:
Since inspection, the Central government as well as State Government sanctioned Rs.60,000/- per unit for construction of Kitchen-cum-Store under this programme.
As per new pattern 20sq.meter plinth area has been taken as base for construction of kitchen-Cum-Store having upto 100 students. For every additional upto 100 students additional 4 sq.meter plinth area will be added. The minimum allowable amount for construction of Kitchen-cum-Store is Rs.2,00,000/- per school for normal zone. Rs. 2,50,000/- and Rs. 3,00,000/- may be allotted for saline zone and hilly areas respectively.
The cost of construction of Kitchen-cum-store is shared between the Central and State on 60:40 basis at present.
Central assistance is provided to State for Management, Monitoring & Evaluation (MME) of this programme @ 3.7% of total assistance of a) cost of food-grains b) transportation cost c) cooking cost and d) honorarium of cook-cum-helpers.
A notice board is to be erected in front of each and every school under CMDMP for displaying the following particulars:
Distribution of Free Text Books from Text Book Corporation of West Bengal –
In Each Academic Year Free Text Books are given to all students from Pre-Primary to Class – XII from Govt. of West Bengal in WB Govt./WB Govt. aided/WB Govt. sponsored Schools.
Distribution of Free Black Shoes –
In Each Academic Year Free Black Shoes are given to all students from Pre-Primary to Class – IV from Govt. of West Bengal in WB Govt./WB Govt. aided/WB Govt. sponsored Schools.
Distribution of School Bags –
In Each Academic Year Free School Bags are given to all students of Class V and Class – VI from Govt. of West Bengal in WB Govt./WB Govt. aided/WB Govt. sponsored Schools.
(Required Eligibility for applying the Scheme & Method of Applying the Scheme is enclosed)
Under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 (PCMA), 18 is the legal age of marriage for girls, and 21 for boys in India. Despite several years of this Act being in existence, the early marriage of children continues to be practiced in West Bengal. According to DLHS -3, 2007-08, the state ranked fifth highest in the country when it came to the prevalence of child marriage, with almost every second girl a child bride (54.7%). Although more pervasive in rural areas, statistics revealed than even in non-slum areas of Kolkata, more than a quarter of girls are married before they reach adulthood.
Child marriage is a gendered practice, affecting far more girls than boys. It is perhaps the most prevalent form of sexual abuse of minor girls, and has a negative impact on their health and the health of their children, leaves them financially and socially disempowered, and vulnerable to child labour, trafficking and other forms of exploitation. In fact, the districts with the highest incidence of child marriage in West Bengal are also those where trafficking is rampant.
Child marriage and school drop-outs go hand in hand. In West Bengal, attendance of girls in school drops from 85% in the age-group 6-10 years to a mere 33% in the age group 15-17 years (NFHS III, 2005-06). After the implementation of free and universal elementary education in India, progress in enrollment and completion of elementary school has been noticed, however, the transition from elementary to secondary school remains a concern. Secondary education is not free, and many impoverished parents, failing to see the economic rationale for investing in their daughters education, marry them off at this age in the belief that this will enhance the girls and the familys security. This step however, condemns the girls to a life of financial and social insecurity. Field studies show that most women have to take up some economic activity in later years, and that their lack of qualifications and work experience makes them ill-equipped for the labour market, and therefore susceptible to poverty and exploitation throughout life. As a result, poverty, a factor that fuels child marriage, in turn perpetuates the feminization of poverty.
After the enactment of the PCMA 2006, the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare and Child Development (DWD) implemented anti-child marriage campaigns spreading the message of prevention, and endorsing enforcement of the law and its penal provisions for adults aiding and abetting child marriage,. However it quickly became evident that legal prohibition and social messaging are largely ineffective in addressing child marriage. For one, Indias multiplicity of formal and religious laws complicates the issue of what constitutes the appropriate age of marriage for girls. Secondly, because the practice is ascribed to time-honoured tradition and is justified from a patriarchal perspective as essential for protection of girls from the evils of society, eradicating it requires tangible drivers of social change that can transform victims made vulnerable by their age and gender into actors determining their own lives.
Kanyashree Prakalpa seeks to improve the status and wellbeing of girls, specifically those from socio-economically disadvantaged families through Conditional Cash Transfers by:
As more and more girls remain in school, it is envisaged that they will use the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that will help them become economically independent. Even if girls do get married soon after they turn 18, it is expected that their education and enhanced social and emotional development will give them a better foundation for in their adult lives. And over time, as entire generations of women enter marriages only after they have some degree of economic independence, it is expected that the practice of child marriage is completely eradicated, and women will attain their right to health, education and socio-economic equality.
The West Bengal government has introduced a new scheme known as the Taruner Swapna Prokolpo for the students of West Bengal.
Under this scheme, students studying in the 12th standard will receive an amount of 10,000 in their bank account for tabs/mobiles that can be used to study online.
This scheme was introduced in May 2021.
In this article, you will get to know the following details about the WB Taruner Swapna free tabs scheme for students by the West Bengal government:
About – WB Taruner Swapna Prokolpo 2021
|Name of the Scheme||Taruner Swapna Prakalpa|
|Launched by||West Bengal Government|
|Beneficiaries||12th students of West Bengal Board|
Eligibility – WB Taruner Swapna Prokolpo 2021
In order to be eligible for the Taruner Swapna scheme,
Benefits – WB Toruner Swapna Prokolpo 2021
Under this new Toruner Swapna Prokolpo, all students studying in 12th Standard in a school under the West Bengal government will receive an amount of Rs. 10000.
This money can then be used to buy a smartphone/tab and study online for attending classes and for preparation for board exams.
How to apply – WB Toruner Swapna Prokolpo 2021
In order to apply for the scheme, you need to submit your bank details to the school administration when they ask for them.
What is the Taruner Swapna Prokolpo?
Taruner Swapna Prokolpo is a scheme by the West Bengal government to provide tabs/mobiles to the class 12th students of West Bengal.
What is the amount given under Taruner Swapna Prokolpo ?
Under the Taruner Swapna scheme, Rs. 10000 is provided to the students in the 12th class to buy tabs for online education.
UNIVERSALIZATION OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
One of the main objectives of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) is to ensure enrolment of all children in the age group of 6+ to 14+ in age appropriate class. For these purpose 880 New Primary and 6043 New Upper Primary Schools have been set up to cover all eligible habitations. Since 2013 a Pre-Primary Section for children of 5+ age has been introduced in all Government, Government aided and Government sponsored Primary Schools under the Department of School Education of West Bengal. The number of children never-enrolled or drop-outs was reduced considerably. However, steps are taken to enrol these children in formal schools.
Average Drop-out rate in both Primary (i.e. class I-IV) and Upper Primary (i.e. Class V to VIII) level were also reduced to ‘zero’ level.
To ensure UEE and to retain all the children in schools the Department of School Education, Government of West Bengal, adopted several effective measures. After Construction of a good number of Additional Class Rooms, the Student Class Room Ratio at Elementary level becomes 28.68.
Recruitment of regular teachers at primary level has resulted to the Pupil Teacher Ratio of 20.33 in Government, Government aided and Government sponsored schools under the Department of School Education.
It has also been ensured that all Government, Government aided and Government sponsored school under the Department of School Education have at least one functional Boys’ and one functional Girls’ toilet as the case may be.
KGVB: Under this scheme 92 hostels are operational with enrolment of 8497 (2390 -SC, 2384 -ST, 1090-OBC, 1738-Minority Community, and 895 belong to BPL).
Physical Access as per Neighborhood Norms
Review of Text Books
The new curriculum, syllabus and textbooks developed by the Expert Committee are based on a set of principles that adhere to the spirit of equity and child centeredness that form the core of the NCF 2005 and the RTE Act 2009. The changes brought about in the new curriculum and text books are based on the following constructive ideals:
Special Training for Out of School Children
Special Training, a specially designed training for those Out of School Children who have been admitted in their age appropriate classes to bring them at par with their peers. Special training is imparted through specially designed material, through non-residential mode, by regular teachers, within the school premises for both Primary and Upper Primary level during normal school hours. Teachers in schools where Out of School Children are admitted are trained to impart the special training successfully so that those admitted Out of School Children are being mainstreamed.
Improvement of School Infrastructure
Development and extension of physical infrastructure of the existing schools and providing fund to newly set up schools are the pre-requisites to universal access, enrolment, retention and achievement. Face lifting of the schools and creating child friendly environment of the Schools also help to achieve the goal of UEE respectively. Providing Additional Class Room, drinking water, toilet facility, boundary wall , CWSN Toilet, Incinerator for Girls’ toilet and repair grant to school is another important factor of Civil Works.
Distribution of ‘Text Books’ free of Cost :
Distribution of ‘School Uniform’ free of Cost :
Mid Day Meal :
Financial Support under ‘Kanyashree’ :
Distribution of Cycle under ‘Sabuj Sathi’ :
Provision of Computers in Schools :
Distribution of ‘School Bag’ :
Distribution of ‘School Shoes (Pather Sathi)’ :
Distribution of ‘Exercise Book’ :
Free Support to Children with Special Needs :
Financial Support under ‘Sikhasree’ :
Distribution of ‘Test Papers’ free of cost :
Sports Equipments in Schools :
Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship :
Felicitation for Nirmal Vidyalaya Abhiyan :
Inspire Award :
Felicitation of Successful Students :
Health Check Up & Distribuion of Anaemia Preventive Tablet and Albendazole Tablet for all Students :
Pre- Matric Scholarship for Minority Students :
Pre- Matric Scholarship for SC/ST Students :
Pre- Matric Scholarship for OBC Students :
Child Entitlements (Text Book & School Uniform) :
|Category||Primary||Upper Primary||Secondary||Higher Secondary||Total|