Why no regular appointment of principals in UP govt schools: HC

Pulling up the state government for not appointing principals/headmasters in state-run and aided secondary and higher secondary schools in UP, the Allahabad high court on Wednesday directed principal secretary, secondary education, to file a personal affidavit to explain the government’s failure in making appointments.

lucknow Updated: Aug 02, 2018 13:40 IST
Jitendra Sarin
Jitendra Sarin
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
Uttar Pradesh government,Government schools,UP
The court observed that the government was not able to appoint regular headmasters/principal in these institutions not only for several years but for decades.(HT File)

Pulling up the state government for not appointing principals/headmasters in state-run and aided secondary and higher secondary schools in UP, the Allahabad high court on Wednesday directed principal secretary, secondary education, to file a personal affidavit to explain the government’s failure in making appointments.

The court observed that the government was not able to appoint regular headmasters/principal in these institutions not only for several years but for decades.

The court said it was its solemn duty to preserve and protect the fundamental rights of children under Article 21 of the Constitution and asked the principal secretary to give the total number of government-run and government-aided secondary and higher secondary institutions in UP.

The court asked him to also provide the number of such institutions where there were regular principals/headmasters and the institutions where there were officiating principals.

The order was passed by justice SP Kesarwani while hearing a petition filed by Harish Chandra, senior most teacher at Shri Yashoda Lal Mishra Higher Secondary School in Baragaon (Azamgarh).

The court asked the state government to propose a mechanism to ensure regular principals/headmasters who could be appointed or given charge immediately on retirement of the outgoing principal/headmaster or immediately at the start of the new academic session.

Fixing August 16 as the next date of hearing, the court said if the personal affidavit by principal secretary was not filed by then, he should personally remain present in the court.

The petitioner had alleged that the post of head master at his school was vacant since 2013 and as he was the senior most teacher, he must be appointed the officiating principal till the appointment of a regular principal.

After going through the records, the court found that the school did not have a regular principal since 1984.

“Prima facie, the state government and its authorities are responsible for this situation which is destroying the educational atmosphere in the state. Because of the failure of the authorities and the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Service Selection Board, Allahabad, headmaster/principal in educational institutions are not being regularly selected,” the court observed.

“This also leads to a large number of litigations and favouritism by the committee of management and teachers who are interested in somehow occupying the post of officiating principal than to discharge their primary duty of imparting education and maintain educational atmosphere in their institution,” the court said.

It added thousands of crores of rupees were being spent by the state government for the salary of teachers and other expenses but there was no effort on their part to solve the problem.

The court also asked the advocate general to assist it in the case on the next date of hearing.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 13:40 IST