Says less than 20% of the total schools have regular Principals
New Delhi, April 12 (Delhi Crown): The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken a strong note of less than 20% of schools belonging to the Delhi Government having a Principal.
It also asked the Delhi Chief Secretary to share his comments with “factual position about the vacancies of HoS/Principal and action taken in this regard” by April 19.
The child rights body said that there were 1,027 schools under the Department of Education of the Delhi Government, out of which only 203 schools have Headmaster/Acting Headmaster/Principal.
“The absence of school Principal or Headmaster will also have implications for safety and security of children,” NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo said in his letter addressed to Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev.
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.
Seeking an explanation over the absence of school principal in more than 80% of Delhi Government schools, the NCPCR chief said its team visited a number of schools in Delhi and found discrepancies with respect to “infrastructure and other aspects”.
This is in sharp contrast to the Delhi Government’s tall claims about improving the overall infrastructure of education in the national capital, particularly building new schools and introducing various innovative schemes.
In another letter to the Chief Secretary, the NCPCR chairperson said that 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.