Taking up a public interest litigation (PIL), the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the Punjab government to submit a status report on 620 vacant posts of principals in its senior secondary schools.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on a PIL filed by Iqbal Singh of Sarhali village in Ferozepur district.
The petitioner, a retired headmaster, brought to the notice of the high court that as per information obtained under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, there were 620 vacant posts of principals in senior secondary schools across the state.
It was submitted that of these posts, 412 pertained to the quota of employees with seven years' experience as headmaster. Despite the fact that such headmasters are not available for consideration, the state government is not ready to amend the rules to reduce the required experience, the petitioner said.
The court was informed that the charge of drawing and disbursing officer of 620 such schools had been given to various principals of nearby schools; thus, many principals were having charge of three or four schools.
The case would now come up for hearing on December 5.