Efforts being made to appoint School Principals, Delhi government tells High Court

Do Schools Really Need Principals? Some educators may be yelling “No!” at their screen, while others may be yelling “Yes.” The answer to the question of whether schools need principals may be dependent on your relationship with your principal. Out of the total of 946 schools functioning under the Delhi government, 449 schools are functioning without a principal. But in the opinion of the Delhi government, the vice-principals of schools are “functioning in dual capacity as heads” in those schools in the absence of the regular principals.

With the Delhi Government are lying piles of cases filed by failed candidates and policy changes for deficiency in permanent teachers & principals in government schools. However, in response to the affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court, the government told that the efforts are being made to engage permanent teachers in schools, but there have been instances where candidates rejected by the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) approached the court to get a stay on the recruitment process.

The affidavit was filed last year in response to a contempt of court plea filed by NGO Social Jurist. The NGO had alleged that the Department of Education, despite clear directions from the Delhi HC, had failed to recruit teachers. Moreover, as admitted by the government, a total of sanctioned strength of 15,273 PGTs, 4,244 posts were vacant, while 3,274 were filled by ad hoc guest teachers.

Further, the affidavit reads that the appointing authorities will now issue provisional appointment letters and the verification process will be carried out ‘in six months’. The government also informed that the requests have already been sent to the UPSC to fill up posts of principals which are lying vacant. And for PGTs and ad hoc teachers, these vacancies are likely to be filled up at the end of February 2017 by the promotion of teachers.

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