West Bengal Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Saturday said that no schools will be allowed to rope in outside agency like teachers’ organisations to set papers from this year. He also said that schools will have to set the selection test papers for the higher secondary examination before November 30. “The HS schools will have to complete the selection test process by November 30 and conduct everything on their own without bringing in any outside agency like teachers’ bodies to set the questions,” the Minister said.
In the state, most of the schools have an agreement with teachers’ organisations to set question papers for selection test for board exams which are distributed among students on the day of test exams by teachers of the concerned schools. Chatterjee said the steps to ask schools set questions by their own teachers was aimed at “preventing financial irregularities and ensure the ability of students can be assessed by their own teachers for the final exams.” The West Bengal higher secondary examinations will be held from February 26 to March 13 in 2019.
Earlier, the Education Minister said that the education department has decided to recruit more education supervisors to ensure smooth implementation of various schemes of the government, particularly the mid-day meal scheme. Interestingly, the state government has already recruited nearly 400 education supervisors this year. The recruitment was done in three phases on the directions of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “We will recruit over 300 more supervisors as we want to have a total 750 such supervisors in the state. The decision has been taken considering a large number of complaints regarding the quality of food being served in mid-day meals and other government schemes,” the Minister said.