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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.
Objective of the School Education Department is to ensure equitable access for all school going children of the State while also ensuring quality and joyful learning.
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 Elementary level in schools as envisaged in The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The Department has also emphasized on 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: