The government has dissolved the secondary education board and appointed an administrator to carry out its function for two years. “Kalyanmoy Ganguly, a teacher of chemistry at New Alipore College, has been appointed administrator,” said an official in the school education department.
The five-year tenure of the board — constituted in July 2007 with representatives elected by government and state-aided schools — expired on July 10 this year.
The executive council of the board, packed with members and supporters of the CPM, has been disbanded and the post of board president scrapped. The administrator will be helped by a council whose members will be nominated by the government.
A board once lapsed is usually reconstituted through an election. The Trinamul government, sources said, is wary of holding an election now, fearing the board would again be swamped with Left sympathisers. “They plan to hold the poll after Trinamul-backed teachers’ groups gain enough strength to win an overwhelming majority,” the official said.
The Left Front had followed a similar strategy when it came to power in 1977.