Private schools flout guidelines in filling top positions

Private schools flout guidelines in filling top positions

DoE unable to check such wrong appointments, says RTI activist

Private schools in the capital are violating rules in the appointment of principals or vice principals, and the Directorate of Education has failed to check the bungling going on in the adminstration of such institutions, alleged an RTI activist.

Ranajit Roy had filed an RTI application  seeking information on the appointment of D R Saini as the principal of Delhi Public School, RK Puram. He said when Saini was promoted to principal’s post he was a Physical Education teacher.

“The Right to Information reply said that D R Saini is a Physical Education teacher. And according to the DoE’s guidelines a Physical Education teacher cannot be elevated to the post of principal or vice principal,” said Roy.

But D R Saini refuted the allegations. “Yes, I teach Physical Education and I teach History also,” he said. When he was asked in which class does he teach History, Saini said, “I am busy, can’t talk right now.” 

According to Roy, it is the incompetence of the DoE to keep tabs on the administration of private schools.

“The most reputed schools in Delhi are violating rules and the government agency — DoE — has failed  to check it. It is not the smartness of schools’ management committee, but it is the incompetence of the DoE,” said the RTI activist.

He added that the Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, is also flouting rules. “The RTI also revealed that the vice principal Kusum Kathuria of DPS, Mathura Road, is also a Physical Education teacher,” said Roy. The school authorities, however, refused to comment on the issue.

Roy said he had approached DoE many times in this regard, but nothing has happened yet. “The authorities have a standard reply that the Delhi Public School Society is an elite organisation,” he added.

The DoE officials did not comment on the issue after repeated efforts. Delhi Public School Society has a large number of schools under its control in India and abroad. It is the administrative authority for all the institutions under its banner. There are over 150 Delhi Public Schools in the country