A Jharkhand government high school has come up with a unique idea to develop leadership quality among students and enhance their interest in school activities.
Upgraded High School Durku located at a remote village in Potka block of East Singhbhum, has decided to appoint meritorious school students as honorary headmasters to supervise and run the school’s activities for a day.
The school management committee has approved the proposal and the initiative will come into effect from May 6.
School management officials said best girl of the school, who good in both academics and extracurricular activities, would be appointed as honorary headmaster on the first day. The practice will continue for a month.
The school headmaster, Sunil Yadav said that the honorary headmaster would have all the governing power, other than spending money from the school fund.
“All the academic and non-academic affairs of the school will be conducted as directed by the student. The student will have the liberty to take decisions on prayers, conducting classes, Mid-Day Meal, maintain discipline, taking decisions on administrative issues for the day. Teachers will act on his/her command,” Yadav said.
A school teacher will be there in the office to help the nominated headmaster on various academic issues.
Block education extension officer (Potka) Murari Shahi, mukhia (village head) Laxmi Charan Singh, president of the school management committee, Shiv Charan and others have approved the proposal saying this would make students more accountable towards academic affairs.
They said that students will take more interest in academic affairs and will compete to become headmaster for a day. “It will improve their day-to-day performance in the class and enhance competitive spirits,” the village head, Laxmi Charan Singh.
Teachers said the concept came to them from deputy commissioner at the chief minister’s camp office at Jamshedpur, Sanjay Kumar. During his recent visit to the school as chief guest on its annual function, Kumar had advised the school to adopt a practice of appointing students as honorary headmaster to develop leadership quality among them.