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Board fate in a week: Bratya

The state government will decide in a week about the reconstitution of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, whose five-year term ended on Tuesday.

“A notice will be issued within a week announcing the government’s decision on whether to reconstitute the board or supersede it,” school education minister Bratya Basu said on Tuesday.

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education Act allows the government to exercise either option in regard to a board whose tenure has lapsed. The government, however, must cite a “valid” reason if it supersedes the board.

There was a buzz during the day in government circles that the board would be dissolved. The minister, however, said: “The board has not yet been dissolved.” Officials clarified that though the tenure of the board had ended, the previous set of members would continue to function.

The board had 69 members — 48 elected and the rest nominated or ex-officio. The elected members were teachers of state-aided secondary schools.

Sources said the government was unwilling to conduct an election fearing that the CPM-backed ABTA could bag a majority of the seats.

Lawyers’ protest: Around 55,000 lawyers in the state will abstain from work on Wednesday and Thursday as part of a nationwide protest against the Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011. The strike has been called by the Bar Council of India, which claims the bill aims to take away its control over legal education.