Mamata calls for tension-free education system
Calling for a tension free education system in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thurday said that an Education Commission was being set up by her government to prepare a vision plan for 2020 and 2030.

Speaking on the occasion of Teachers'' Day, the chief minister said that the Education Commission would consist of four to five eminent educationists.

Commemorating former President and educationist S Radhakrishnan''s 126th birth anniversary today, which is observed as Teachers'' Day in the country, Banerjee felicitated 100 primary, secondary and madrasa teachers with ''Siksha Ratna Award'' for outstanding contribution in disseminating education among children.

She said that her government set up nearly 45 new colleges and universities in the state in two years against only about nine colleges set up during the erstwhile Left Front government in 34 years.

Besides, nearly 81 model schools were being set up in the state, she said.She claimed that in the last two years, her government had been able to take the state to the third position in education in the country from the 17th position during the erstwhile LF rule.

“We must achieve the top position soon and this is our target,” she said.

She observed that a proper planning for the future was a must and added, “We have to keep in mind how to carry forward our education system reducing academic loads on the minds of students and making them free from tension.” “A tension-free education with dedication, determination and discipline can only encourage our next generation to build a new nation. Only bookish knowledge will not be adequate enough in today''s world,” she said.

She also stressed the importance of extra-curricular activities like sports and games, drawing and painting, songs and dance.

Appreciating teachers'' role in shaping up students'' mind, intellect and character, Banerjee said that without proper enlightenment, there can''t be any cultural resurgence.

“An ideal teacher is always respected. I salute them.” Speaking on the occasion, state''s Education Minister Bratya Basu said that an expert committee had been set up to review the course curriculum at school level and give its recommendation on upgrading the school syllabus.