Primary and Secondary Education – RTE, Education Policy, SEQI, RMSA, Committee Reports, etc.

Paray Shikshalaya Initiative


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Paray Shikshalaya

Mains level: Open schools concept

The West Bengal government has launched ‘Paray Shikshalaya’ Initiative.

Paray Shikshalaya

  • It is an open-air classroom in the neighborhood programme – for students from class 1 to 7.
  • The aim of this initiative is to encourage students who dropped out of schools during the Covid-19 pandemic to continue their education.

Why was this initiative launched?

  • In view of the rising demand for physical classes, the state government reopened schools.
  • Classroom teaching could not be called on due to fear of spikes in covid cases.
  • Hence, students are being called in batches.

Where were these classes held?

  • Schools which do not have open-air spaces conducted the classes in neighbourhood parks and grounds.
  • Local councilors and MLAs helped set up infrastructure in such parks like putting up makeshift shades and chairs, besides making mid-day meal arrangements for the students.
  • Schools which have open-air spaces held the classes there.
  • Benches were set up for students and blackboards were placed to provide a real classroom experience.


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