Nagpur, January 8: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made amendments to their prior circular which said that teachers who aspire to become principal are supposed to qualify Principal Eligibility Test (PET), the amendments comes as an add on to it which says “ only national awardees principals can continue after the age of 60.
The CBSE board said that only national awardees principals will be eligible to continue at their post after the age of 60 accompanied with prior approval of CBSE.
CBSE has made many amendments in order to control the recruitment of principals. This decision has been taken in order to invalidate the recruitments that occur on the basis of family contacts. CBSE aims to curb the ongoing drive against family-owned schools which promote their relatives as principals. Another intention to bring in this circular was to induct CBSE and state government nominees in order to reorganize the principal committee. The CBSE aims to end the monopoly in recruiting the school principals in the management.
CBSE Board Secretary Joseph Emmanuel said that "the candidate may be considered for a further extension of service for two years after attaining the age of superannuation subject to meritorious service, impeccable character, sound health, good leadership, management qualities and outstanding results throughout.” The school management should consider 'exceptionally meritorious cases', and then forward the details to CBSE for prior approval. While the board leaves a window open for the principal to get an extension, it has mandated that such a proposal will again have to be routed to it, he added.
Academician from Nagpur said “The board is really on the lookout for such 'family' schools, but here in the city we don't have any such. In fact, we heard that some official from CBSE was making discreet inquiries with principals if they were aware of such institutions in the state."