In a bid to bring in transparency in the system, the school education department has directed zonal education inspectors to form committees comprising educationists, teachers and media professionals to conduct third-party inspections, in case of complaints.
Secondary schools affiliated to the state, national or international boards come under the purview of zonal inspectors.
So far, in case of a complaint, education inspectors used to send a team of officers to the school, which then recommended action to the deputy director. With the new directive, the experts from the field of education and media will visit the schools, investigate the complaint and submit its report to the inspector. Based on the committee’s report, the inspectors
will recommend appropriate action to be taken against the school to the deputy director of education.
“The committee will bring in accountability in our inspections. Their decisions will be neutral. We have started forming the committee. But the committee will be called only in case of serious complaints,” said Anil Sable, education inspector, north zone, that covers central suburbs.
Under the Right to Education Act, 2009, the deputy director of education also has the power to recommend cancellation of a school’s recognition to the state, if the school is not following the norms stipulated in the act.
Schools principals, however, feel it could lead to unnecessary intrusion in the functioning. “I do not appreciate the decision to allow third-party inspections. Their decision could be biased, as they might have vested interests. They also do not have the experience of handling such cases,” said Anjana Prakash, principal of Hansraj Morarji Public School, Andheri.