The Minister of School Education, who is a member of the state legislature, is in overall charge of school education in the state. The Secretary, School Education Department is the Chief Executive Officer who assists the Education Minister in all functions related to school education in the State including planning, budgeting and administration. The Secretary is assisted by four Deputy Secretaries and six Under Secretaries.
The functions assigned to the School Education Department includes:
- Overall control of primary, upper primary and secondary schools.
- Policy formulation pertaining to the upliftment of school education.
- Finalization of the annual budget relating to school education.
- Administrative sanctions for various schemes and programmes.
- Advice to other departments on education and training related issues.
To achieve universalisation of education at both elementary and secondary levels by providing burden less quality education through joyful learning and to provide basic infrastructure coupled with safety and security for the well being of the children.
- To provide universal access, equity, quality at primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary level.
- To strive for all-round development of the child.
- To evolve curriculum and evaluation procedures in conformity with the values enshrined in the Constitution.
- To build the child's knowledge, potential talent and develop the child's physical and mental abilities to the fullest extent.
- To provide required infrastructure to ensure the comfort of each and every child in school.
- To provide a conducive learning environment through learning activities, discovery and exploration in a child-friendly and child-centered manner.
- To provide quality education as far as possible in the child's own mother tongue.
- To provide abundant opportunities for the child to express itself without any fear.
- To make examinations more flexible and integrated in classroom life by implementing continuous and comprehensive evaluation in phases, to remove the anxiety and stress caused by terminal examinations.
- To facilitate connection of knowledge to life outside school.
- To ensure that learning is shifted away from rote methods.
- To evolve an over-riding identity informed by caring concerns within the democratic policy of the country.
The following are the Directorates implementing the policies of the School Education Department.
1. Directorate of School Education
2. Directorate of Elementary Education
3. Directorate of Matriculation Schools
4. Directorate of Government Examination
5. Directorate of Teacher Education, Research and Training
6. Directorate of Non-formal and Adult Education
7. Directorate of Public Libraries
8. State Project Directorate, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
9. State Project Directorate, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan
10. Teachers Recruitment Board
11.Tamil Nadu Text-book Corporation