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West Bengal Primary Education Act, 1973

Law, School Education

West Bengal Primary Education Act, 1973 is an Act to make better provisions for the development, expansion, management and control of primary education with a view to making it universal, free and compulsory. It consists of following:-

Chapter – I (Preliminary)

  • Short Title, Extent and Commencement
  • Definitions – In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context

Chapter – II (The Board)

  • Establishment and incorporation of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education
  • Composition of the Board
  • Appointment in default of Election
  • Publication of names of members of the Board
  • Term of office of members of the Board
  • Casual Vacancies
  • President of the Board
  • Discharge of President’s functions in certain contingencies
  • Disqualification for membership
  • Resignation and removal of members
  • Meeting of the Board
  • Conduct of Meetings
  • Restriction of voting
  • Secretary, Finance Officer and other persons in the service of the Board
  • Traveling Allowance
  • Adhoc Committee

Chapter – III (Powers and functions of the Board and the President)

  • Powers and functions of the Board
  • Powers and duties of the President

Chapter – IV (Committees of the Board)

  • Committees
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Evaluation Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Power to constitute other Committees
  • Terms of office of members of the Committees
  • Power of the State Government to dissolve Committee

Chapter – V (Finance and Audit)

  • Annual report and budget estimate
  • Payment to the Board by the State Government
  • West Board of Primary Education Fund
  • Application of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education Fund
  • Accounts
  • Audit
  • Audit Report

Chapter – VI (The Primary School Councils)

  • District Primary School Councils
  • Calculate Primary School Council
  • Appointment in default of Election
  • Publication in the Official Gazette
  • Term of office of members
  • Casual Vacancies
  • Chairman of a Primary School Council
  • Discharge of Chairman’s functions in certain contingencies
  • Disqualifications for membership
  • Resignation of members
  • Meetings of the Primary School Council
  • Conduct of meeting
  • Restriction on voting
  • Removal
  • Duties of the Chairman
  • Secretary and Finance Officer of Primary School Council
  • Other staff of the Primary School Council
  • Traveling Allowance
  • Control by Board
  • Other staff of the Primary School Council
  • Traveling Allowance
  • Control by Board
  • Supersession of Primary School Council and appointment of an Administrator
  • Duties of the Primary School Council
  • Reports to be made by the Primary School Council
  • Primary School Council to furnish other prescribed reports
  • Compulsory acquisition of land for the purpose of the Act
  • Transfer of primary schools under the control of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation
  • Transfer of primary schools under scheme sanctioned under West Bengal Act XXVIII of 1993

Chapter – VII (Committees of the Primary School Council)

  • Committees
  • Power to constitute Committees

Chapter – VIII (Finance and Audit)

  • Budget
  • Primary School Council Fund
  • Application of the Primary School Council Fund
  • Expenditure from Primary School Council Fund
  • Accounts
  • Audit

Chapter – IX (Contributions)

  • Contribution from State Revenues
  • Contribution from Calcutta Municipal Corporation and Municipalities

Chapter – X (Taxes and Cesses)

  • Tax on property
  • Education Cess

Chapter – XI (Free and Compulsory Primary Education)

  • Preparation of scheme
  • Particulars of scheme
  • Sanction of State Government to the scheme
  • Modification, etc., of sanctioned scheme
  • Primary Education to be free
  • List of children
  • Welfare committee
  • Guardians to furnish information
  • Duty of Guardian to send his child to a primary school
  • Attendance order
  • Penalty for failure to obey order for causing attendance of a child in a primary school
  • Cognisance of offence

Chapter – XII (Tribunal)

  • Tribunal
  • Procedure to be followed by Tribunal

Chapter – XIII (Transitional provisions)

  • Adhoc Committee to discharge the functions of Primary School Council until it is established
  • Matter to be provided by regulation may be provided by orders of State Government
  • Provisions for removing difficulty
  • Filling of vacancy when a member ceases to be a member of the category electing him
  • Appointment when electing body is superseded

Chapter – XIV (Miscellaneous)

  • Power of State Government to suspend proceedings
  • Enquiry into the affairs of the Board and the Primary School Council
  • Certain persons to be deemed to be public servants
  • Indemnity
  • Savings
  • Delegation
  • Repeal and continuance
  • Power of the State Government to make rules
  • Power of State Government to issue notification or order in place of making rules

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