Civic body recruits 29 principals in two months, 28 still required

Under flak for the delay in appointing principals in civic-run schools, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has managed to fill 29 of the posts, but 28 schools are still without a principal.

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Until two months ago, 57 schools were being run without principals, but after corporator Vijaya Vadkar raised the issue during the PMC’s general body meeting on September 20, in an image saving act, the civic body hurriedly filled 29 of the vacant posts. However, 28 schools are still operating without a headmaster.

Civic officials are confident of filling the remaining posts at the earliest. “The recruitment process is on. On October 28, we have scheduled a meeting of prospective candidates, who are eligible for the post. So, all vacant posts will be filled,” said Shivaji Daundkar, head of education board head, PMC.

When asked about the delay, he said, “There were some technical issues, which related to the seniority of teachers who desired to become principals. Now all issues in this regard has been resolved and by the end of this month all posts will be filled.”

What about merit?
Recently, the PMC education board had warned civic school principals that their evaluation would be counted on the basis of performance of students from the respective schools, rather than their seniority. MiD DAY had carried a report on the same in the article (‘PMC to principals: shape up or ship out’, October 21).

But, while the education board is claiming that henceforth 40 per cent of the schools will get principals based on merit rather than seniority, the current recruitment drive is taking place the traditional way.

“There is a set procedure for implementing any major policy change. The education board has approved the said proposal. Now, it will need the approval of both the PMC Standing Committee and state government. Till then the appointment of principals would be done according to the candidates seniority only,” Daundkar added.    

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