NCPCR Says Only 203 Out Of 1,027 Schools In Delhi Have A Principal, Seeks Explanation

by PTI - Apr 13, 2022 07:51 AM +05:30 IST
NCPCR Says Only 203 Out Of 1,027 Schools In Delhi Have A Principal, Seeks ExplanationNCPCR

New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Only 203 out of 1,027 government schools in the national capital have a headmaster or principal, the apex child rights body NCPCR said on Tuesday and sought an explanation from the Delhi government for the high vacancy in the important posts.

The Delhi government, however, said the recruitment of teachers in its schools is done by the services department which comes directly under Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal who is appointed by the central government.

In a letter to Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said its team led by its chairperson visited a number of schools in Delhi and found discrepancies with respect to infrastructure and other aspects.

It also came to the commission's notice that in most of the schools visited by the team, the post of head of school (HoS) was found to be vacant.

The NCPCR said there are a total of 1,027 schools under the Department of Education, out of which only 203 schools have headmaster/acting headmaster/ principal.

NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo noted that the head of school has an important role to play in ensuring that schools have positive learning environment and a caring and inclusive culture.

The absence of school principal or headmaster will also have implications for safety and security of children, the NCPCR chief said.

'Further, as per the Schedule given in RTE Act, 2009 outlining the norms and standards for schools, for classes 6 to 8, where admission of children is above one hundred, there shall be a full time head-teacher in the school,' the NCPCR said.

The NCPCR is the monitoring authority of the Right To Education (RTE) Act.

Kanoongo asked the chief secretary to share his comments with 'factual position about the vacancies of HoS/Principal and action taken in this regard' by April 19.

In another letter to the chief secretary, the NCPCR chairperson said BJP MP Manoj Tiwari had visited Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Sabzi Mandi, Timarpur, Delhi and found major issues related to hygiene structure of building which may lead some serious accident.

'In view of the seriousness of the issue, your good office is requested to take urgent action in the matter and an action taken report in this regard may be shared with the commission within seven days from the receipt of this letter,' Kanoongo said on Tuesday.

Reacting to the NCPCR letter, the Delhi government asked the panel to seek the data on the appointment of principals from the Centre.

The NCPCR should approach the central government as the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board, which comes under the services department, is responsible for the recruitment of teachers in Delhi government schools and it reports directly to the LG who is appointed by the Centre, it said in a statement.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without any modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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