Members of the Tamil Nadu High and Higher Secondary School Headmasters Association staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Chief Educational Officer here on Thursday, in support of their 22-point charter of demands.
Their demands, among other things, included appointment of high school headmasters as supervisors and trainers for the implementation of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) scheme to be implemented for the benefit of the students of Standards IX and X; dispensing with the policy of direct recruitment of District Education Officer, creation of additional posts of teachers and office staff for effective implementation of activity-based learning and other techniques.
Speaking on the occasion, the State general secretary of the Association, Sami. Sathiyamurthy said the headmasters of high school, by virtue of their vast experience in handling both academic and administrative responsibilities in high school classes, would ensure prompt implementation of the RMSA.
N. Subba Rao, District president of the Association, said that direct recruitment of candidates for the vacant posts of District Educational Officers hindered the promotional opportunities of experienced high school teachers. The Education Department should accord priority to headmasters of aided, Adi Dravidar, municipal and corporation high schools.
T. Ramamurthy, District treasurer; K.S. Rajendran, Pudukottai Education district secretary also spoke .