In the Bengal Budget, the State Government was seen cashing in on the advancements on the educational sector. Amit Mitra was seen putting up facts which said, since June 2011, 418 new primary schools and 1438 new upper primary schools have been sanctioned. 1,618 Secondary schools have been upgraded to HigherSecondary level and 319 Junior High Schools to Secondary level. Apart from this, 3008 new upper primary schools and 85,758 additional class rooms have been constructed.
83,583 school toilets have been constructed (50,400- Nirmal Bangla Abhijan and 33,183- School Education) taking the percentage of schools having toilet to 98%. The plan expenditure has increased two fold in the last three years as compared to corresponding period. No one could have imagined such a remarkable progress in school education within such a short time.
These developments have opened up new areas of employment opportunities. Since independence till 2011, the State Government could establish only 32 Government Colleges and 4 Engineering Colleges in the State. The present Government, over just three years, has set up 40 new Government and Government aided colleges of which 18 are already functional and the remaining will be functional within 2015. This initiative is remarkable. Huge employment opportunities have also been created in this sector. In the field of higher education, since independence till 2012, only 13 universities were established in the State. During the last three years, this Government has set up 13 new universities, 6 state aided and 7 private universities. As a result of these bold initiatives, the state’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of the State has gone up dramatically to 17.6. Huge employment opportunities have also been created in this sector.