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HS council secretary replaced

Higher Secondary council secretary Goutam Banerjee was removed from his post on Wednesday, apparently to avoid questions about transparency since his son is in Class XI.

The secretary of the school education department, Arnab Ray, wrote to council president Muktinath Chatterjee stating Achinta Kumar Pal, a professor of Chandernagore Government College, would replace Banerjee.

Chatterjee acknowledged receipt of the letter but said it “did not cite any reason for the replacement”.

School education department officials said allowing the secretary to continue in his post would amount to breach of confidentiality as he is involved in setting questions, evaluating answer scripts and drawing up syllabus.

Sources in the council, however, said there have been instances of the council president or secretary continuing despite their children writing board examinations.

An official suggested that a letter from the council president to the department, objecting to Banerjee’s style of functioning could have led to his removal. “Chatterjee had written that he was having trouble working with Banerjeee, owing to the secretary’s lack of competence. The department also received several complaints about Banerjee’s below-par performance,” the official said.

In July, Banerjee had been accused of raising marks of an HS candidate, ignoring review results.