THE VACANT posts of the principals in high and higher secondary schools will be filled within a month, School Education Minister Narottam Mishra announced on Monday.
There are about 600 vacancies of principals – 450 of them in higher secondary schools and rest in the high schools. The Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) has drawn out a plan to hold Departmental Promotion Committees’ meetings within the month’s span to fill up the posts.
The announcement of the minister came during the `Seedhi Baat’ (direct interaction) programme organised at the Academy of Administration on Monday. However, the direct interaction could not be held due to technical fault that led to failure of transmission.
The principals of high schools and higher secondary schools had been asked to convene at district level to participate in the direct interaction, but they had to be content with hearing the minister and the senior officials of the department. In some districts even the one-way transmission did not work.
However, the minister, the commissioner of public instruction LS Baghel and the Chairman of the MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) addressed the gathering at the Academy of Administration. The directives and announcements by the minister and officials are to be sent out to districts soon.
The minister directed the officials to regularly conduct inspections of the schools, particularly those in rural areas to check the attendance of teachers, students, the staff vacancy positions and the lack of infrastructure and other problems. He asked them to compile weekly reports in this regard so that action could be initiated.
RESULT EFFECT: Dr Mishra said that those principals – in whose schools the result improved this year – would be exempted from any action even if their prior record were not satisfactory. However strict action would be initiated against those principals where results have deteriorated or remained bad this year too. Also the principals have been warned of very strict action if their results worsen this year (2006-07). The principals in whose schools results were above 60 per cent in 2005-06 will be felicitated.
CPI L S Baghel directed the principals and the officials to get the orders of the department – issued recently – with utmost sincerity and work cohesively towards improvement of results.
Chairman of MPBSE U K Samal, while conceding that lack of teachers and infrastructure are big impediments for the schools, urged the principals to work towards betterment of results.