West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has inaugurated a web portal to provide real-time data of state-run and aided schools.
The portal named as ”Banglar Shiksha” (banglarshiksha.gov.in) is likely to be operational within two months” time, revealed the minister. During the launch, the minister also suggested his department officials to update the portal on regular basis with relevant information.
“This is probably the first-of-its-kind online initiative in the state as well as in the country. It will be operated on a trial basis for two months to remove glitches, if any. The portal should be fully functional by May 1,” Chatterjee stated.
The minister also said that the web portal would keep records of school attendance.
“Unlike many initiatives of the previous regime, we have to ensure it (portal) does not become dysfunctional. The portal will address many issues, including attendance of students and teachers. “A class teacher will also have to be present in the school to fill in data pertaining to academic and co-curricular activities of every student,” he maintained.
Chatterjee also asked the officials of school education department to upload videos of teaching sessions from various institutes on the portal.
“The school principals and headmasters will play a vital role in supplying information. They should be the first ones to receive training on how to operate the web platform,” Chatterjee said. “The State Government is also taking measures to introduce e-learning in government-run primary schools,” he added.
According to a statement issued by the school education department, “The proposed portal will store real-time data of 1.5 crore students, five lakh teachers and one lakh schools.”