All About West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education


WBWest Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education is an autonomous examining body in the state of West Bengal. The headquarters of WBCHSE is situated in Salt Lake City in Kolkata. This Board is responsible for conducting all 'Uchyaa Madhyamik' or 'Higher Secondary' examinations all over the state, which is conducted annually, and simultaneously all around the state. The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education was established in 1975 by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Act. It is the main body taking care of the education after 10th grade. The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education has four regional centres for efficient administration. The main aim of the Board is to regulate, control and enhance the development of the Secondary Education in the state as well as to conduct examinations freely and fairly all around the state.

Governing Body
The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education was set up by the Government of West Bengal. The Council of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education consists of the President-appointed by the State Government, The Director, the Director of Technical Education and The Director of Industries Ex-Officio. The WBBSE is controlled by a Board of 65 members, with the President at the apex. The strength and controls of WBBSE is regulated by the education department of the State Government of West Bengal.

Course Structure

Earlier at high school there were different streams of study; arts, commerce, science, agriculture, fine arts, technical education etc. but standard 10th holds a common core of subjects hence there is no subdivision. Some Use Productive Work, Moral Science, Physical education; these are the compulsory subjects. The other compulsory subjects will be listed below and there is only one optional subject.

There are a total of Eight Subjects in WBBSE as well as WBHS

  1. Bengali (first paper): Includes certain prominent works by certain famous authors, including poetry of Rabindranath Tagore and some of his short stories. Also some words of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya are studied.
  2. Bengali (Second Paper): includes certain intricacies of Bengali grammar that goes beyond the set rules of the grammar and the technicalities.
  3. Mathematics: includes basic rules in grammar and the various subdivisions of geometry, graphs and sets.
  4. History: mainly focuses on the history of India and that of West Begal especially post 1971.
  5. Geography: includes the various studies on the political and physical Geography.
  6. Life Sciences: includes all the three important aspects of Science; Physics, Chemistry and biology.
  7. English: includes the basic grammar of English, including reading comprehension and basic vocabulary learning methodologies.

Optional Subjects

  1. Commerce: aims at improving the basic knowledge of commercial activities around them like the meaning and functions of Money and the ideas of trade policies of India.
  2. Economics: includes some of the most important economic thinkers as well as the economic policy of India.

Fee Structure

The fee for the Bengal Board of education varies from one school to the other. However, the fee generally does not exceed 10,000 Rs.

To College from School

Students who have passed out of the WBBSE and WBHS are privileged to receive the most high quality reciprocation when it comes to higher education. Usually students opt to go abroad, because education is very much in line with the British System of Education. The core subjects are pretty advantageous for the students. In case the student plans to stay in India, there is a huge chance they might want to change their Board of Education. This will be facilitated since the Bengal Board students are well equipped to take on any of the challenges of any other Board of education within and outside India.

Comparison of WBBSE and WBHS with other International Boards

WBBSE and WBHS are both really well-equipped boards, where in their standards are well at par with the International standards. In fact there has hardly been any over hauling since the times of the British in the age of Globalization. In fact the Board is considered one of the finest in the countries.

Pros and Cons of the System
In case of WBBSE and WBHS, they seem to pay more emphasis on areas of language and fine arts. Not so much importance is given to technical education and economy and commerce. This is the reason why most people opt to go to other states if they are going to opt for engineering and other technical courses. However, the second drawback is that the Bengal Board follows the British Pattern to the Hilt without leaving scope for much innovation. The Board needs to upgrade its system as per the requirements of today.
Nevertheless, the Bengal board is one of the finest in the country since the fee structure is really less and there are various new methodologies of teachings that the Board believes in bringing about.

Choosing the right Bengal Board School for your child

Before you enrol your child into a school be sure that you know a bit of a background check on the school. The important point for checkers are; optional language, campus, teacher training, staff, syllabus and success rates. Make a check list for yourself; see to it if you require your child to learn a French language or a Bengali language or Sanskrit, for example. This is an operative point to be considered before enrolling your child into a school.

Last modified on Thursday, 21 July 2011 18:03

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