Members of Punjab Government School Headmasters Association on Wednesday accused state Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka of being biased against them when it came to promoting them as principals.
Addressing mediapersons here,the headmasters led by the association president Brij Mohan Singh said that 469 posts of principals were lying vacant in schools across the state. These were to be filled from among the headmasters quota. However,quoting one rule or the other,the education department was not promoting them,they alleged.
The posts of principals,which were to be filled from other quotas of lecturers and vocational lecturers,had been filled. This is because the ministers personal assistant,Jarnail Singh,is from the lecturers cadre and he influences the ministers decisions, claimed Singh.
Claiming that they were qualified to take over as principals,a headmaster said: Lecturers only need teaching experience of seven years to become principals. But we are supposed to have 14 to 15 years of experience as teachers and administrators to become principals. There is a basic flaw in the qualification criteria. Instead of rectifying this,we are being unnecessarily harassed.
The headmasters claimed that in 2009,the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered that to fill the post of the principals lying vacant,the department can relax the qualification criteria but it was not being followed.
We will hold a dharna in Chandigarh in the first week of September to highlight the issue, said a headmaster.