Students and parents were seen waiting clueless outside Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 West, on Friday morning after the school management committee head and BJP SC Morcha head Rajesh Kalia locked the school gate.
The step was taken to protest against the failure of the UT education department in filling up the post of the school principal, which has been lying vacant since the past six months.
Chaos prevailed outside the school for about half an hour till director school education instructed deputy director, school education, Chanchal Singh to reach the spot to resolve the matter.
Talking to HT, Kalia said, “Functioning of a school in absence of principal is not easy, leads to a lot of pressure on all of us and also impacts students’ performance.” He said the department has been extremely ignorant about the absence of school heads in various government schools since long.
According to sources, Chanchal Singh has assured that the school would have a principal or an officiating authority to look into the issue by Monday.
Confirming the same, Kalia said, “If the education department fails to fulfill its promise, we will take the protest to city roads and start protesting outside other schools in which the post of principal is lying vacant.”
DSE Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “The issue was sorted out amicably.”
HT had highlighted last week that the DSE had claimed that all government schools running without principals will get school heads before March 31 this year. The DPSE (department of planning statistics and evaluation) has already prepared a tentative list on the basis of seniority and department officials said they have sent out a proposal to fill up the vacant posts in the senior secondary schools without principals.
Government schools that are running without principals or officiating principals include GMSSS-45, GMSSS-35, GMSSS-15, GMSSS-19, GMSSSManimajra, GMSSS-Sarangpur, GMSSS-Colony No. 4, GMHS-24, GMHS-26, GMHS-28C, GMHS-39, GMHS-40, GMHS-46C.
President of UT cadre educational employees’ union Swarn Singh Kambhoj said, “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.”