In a state where only just over half of the students in the government run schools could clear the exams, it is the principals who are being punished for the poor results in MP.
The government has stopped at least one increment of several principals, including six in Rewa, following inspection of schools where the pass percentage was less than 53.57 per cent --- the average result in Madhya Pradesh in the last academic session.
The inspection was carried out on a government order by the joint directors (JDs) of school education department and district education officers (DEOs).
In a circular released on November 15 by the Directorate of Public Instruction (Lok Shikshan Sanchanalaya) on state education department’s website, one increment of six principals of government-run schools in Rewa district has been stopped as per Rule 10 (4) of Madhya Pradesh Civil Services (classification, control and appeal) Rule of 1966.
As per the sources, a decision was taken on August 7 to stop two increments of the principals of the schools that had performed poorly. The principals were issued notices asking them to explain within seven days the reasons behind the poor results.
Among others, the circular mentioned irregularity of students, non-availability of guest lecturers of English, science and mathematics, and lack of faculty as reasons leading to action against the principals.
“I have not yet received the copy of the circular, but I am aware of the decision. However, I would not be able to comment on how right or wrong the decision is,” said Brijesh Mishra, DEO, Rewa.
When contacted, Neeraj Shukla, JD, school education, Rewa, justified the action. “The principals were issued notices based on their performance. According to me, the action taken is right as education of students is our priority,” said Shukla.
‘We scored poor results as we did not have enough teachers’
Ramkhelwan Kaul, the principal of Government High School, Budiya, is one of those whose increment has been stopped. “The decision is wrong. We tried our best. We scored poor results as we did not have enough teachers,” Kaul said.
OL Mandloi, Indore JD, too was critical of the decision saying there were better ways to ensure better results.
“No such step has been taken in our division. Earlier, we had 234 schools that had below average results. Th number has now come down to 60. The numbers will go down further next year. We locate the loopholes in the system and work on them by motivating the teachers, organising frequent reviews and helping the schools in overcoming issues such as lack of faculty members,” said Mandloi.