The UT education department has finally woken up and decided to appoint school heads before March 31 in seven senior secondary government schools, which are a few among those running without the principals.
Confirming the development on Wednesday, director school education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “The DPSE (department of planning statistics and evaluation) has already prepared a tentative list on the basis of seniority. We have already sent out a proposal the education department to fill up the vacant posts in the senior secondary schools without principals.”
In the meantime, the DSE also said officiating principals will be put to work so that no further damage is caused to the staff and students of these schools. “It is a genuine concern that has been raised time and again. Hence, we are working towards rectifying the same,” added Brar.
Sources said the proposal is yet to get the approval of senior officials of the education department. The vacant posts will be filled up on the basis of lecturers and headmasters due for promotion.
Deputy director (school education) Chanchal Singh said the matter is being viewed seriously by the department. He said the schools at which the department officials are currently looking to fill up the vacant post of school heads included Government Model Senior Secondary School-45, GMSSS-35, GMSSS-15, GMSSS19, GMSSS-Manimajra, GMSSSSarangpur, Government Model Senior Secondary School-38 (West).
Meanwhile, president of the Government Schools’ Principals’ Association, Chandigarh, Harbir Anand said, “It is high time that the department should work in this direction as it has led to a lot of mismanagement in the schools functioning without principals. This in turn impacts results of the students. A timely roster should be prepared in this regard to avoid delay in future.”
Joint secretary, joint action committee (JAC) of teachers, Chandigarh, Ranbir Singh Rana said the matter has already been taken up at the level of the UT adviser and must not be delayed any further. “Some of the schools have been without heads for over two years now.” he added.
“It was long due and shall serve the very basic purpose for which these posts are created. Officials must form some advance mechanism so that these posts are not left vacant for more than 15 days on account of transfer or retirement,” said Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan president Arvind Rana.
A teacher of a government school, Sector 35, requesting anonymity, said, “A school running without a principal is like a country running without a prime minister. Students, teachers and administrative staff tend to take it easy.”