In an attempt to enhance the education performances in the Centre-run Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), a total of 50 principals have been given “hard” punishment in the form that they have been posted or sent to schools smaller in size and located in areas considered remote or lacking in amenities. The reason for their postings and transfers is the poor performance of their students in the class 12 final examination, though these schools collectively have done better than the national average.
The initiative was undertaken to retain high standards of all the 1,100-odd KVs in the country, where more than 1.2 million students study. In this year’s class 12 board exams, the KVs together recorded a total pass percentage of 95.46%, much better than the national average of 83.05%. And for the KVs who outperformed by their counterparts, the move to transfer their principals was taken by the authorities since many schools are thus alleging the faculties of negligence and held responsible for the under-performances. The principals from the bigger KVs have been posted to smaller KVs in remote region. Some of these schools are in hilly areas, including in the Northeast, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand. Some “hard stations” are Baramulla in north Kashmir, Mashrakh in Bihar, Latehar in Jharkhand, and Kalimpong in north Bengal.
More than a dozen principals were denied a posting of their choice after having served at “hard stations” already. The idea is to make teachers and principals accountable. KVs have become a brand name and the results are better than private schools. Their main focus is entirely on learning outcomes. This all is the outcome even when the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), the regulator of KVs, served notices this June to more than 200 principals and action was taken now after unsatisfactory response from many of them. And the notices were issued to the schools that scored less than 90% pass percentage. Even the Principals have been transferred in “extreme cases” in which schools registered a dip in pass percentage of up to 42% compared to 2015.
On the other hand, schools that registered a pass percentage between 98% and 100% have been rewarded, i.e., more than 60 principals have been offered postings of their choice.
Punishment posting is not the solution as smaller schools or the schools that are in bad shape would require an efficient principal. So, by transferring an under-performing principal, you’re doing injustice to the students of schools to which they are sent. The solution is to motivate and train the principals and if that doesn’t work, stop their increments and promotions.