West Bengal Primary Education Act, 1973

Table of Contents

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.

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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