Three schools in State were awarded the Jamini Roy Prize for maintaining campus well

The School Education Department will set up a cell to identify students not keen to go in for higher education and help them take up certain vocational schemes instead, Education Minister Bratya Basu said here on Monday.

“Every child is gifted but not all have the talent for carrying on with higher education. We have decided to come up with a cell, which will identify such students. These students will be enrolled for vocational education,” he said at an event organised jointly by the State government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“We will try to identify students who are not cut out for higher education from class VIII onwards,” Mr. Basu said. The cell will start next year.

“Parents send their children to school with the thought that they would find a job later in life. But those who are not cut out for higher education should not lag behind,” he said. “If such students are identified in schools and enrolled in vocational courses, they will not find it difficult to earn their own living.”

During the event three schools in the State were awarded the Jamini Roy Prize for maintaining the school campus well.

Municipal Girls High School from Burdwan, Murligang High School from Siliguri and Kamarpara High School from Hooghly were awarded the prize which included a cash award and a certificate.

This was the first year the prize was awarded to secondary and higher secondary schools. About 60 schools across the State were given the “Sishu Mitra Vidyalaya” award for adopting child-friendly practices.

The State government and the UNICEF decided to constitute the award together as part of the campaign to integrate the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and the Mid-Day Meal programme and ensure child-friendly schools in the State.