Delay in appointments
The State is likely to lose the Central funds allotted under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme for this year, if the appointment of head teachers and part-time instructors in government schools are not completed on time.
As per the Project Approval Report (PAR) of the SSA, nearly Rs.37 crore was allotted for the year 2009-10 and Rs.150 crore for 2011-12, both of which lapsed as no appointment was made during the period. Hence, this year, the funds are allotted on a conditional basis with the approval of a month’s salary. The remaining funds will be released only after the appointments are made. The unspent fund will lapse at the close of the financial year and no expenditure can be incurred in the subsequent years without obtaining nod for specific PAR.
As per the SSA norms, a headmaster could be appointed for the Upper Primary section if the strength of students exceeds 100. Similarly, a head count of more than 150 students in the High School section also implies the need for a separate headmaster, according to State Project Director L. Rajan.
In a survey conducted by the SSA, 2,677 schools are in need of separate head teachers. Part-time instructors are appointed under three categories – art education, health and physical education, and work education. 5,835 appointments have to be made in this section.
Headmasters of various schools have already pointed out the need to appoint separate head teachers for Upper Primary and High School sections for better administration.
According to a headmistress of government school in the city, shouldering a number of additional responsibilities such as overseeing the construction works and even purchasing the groceries for the noon-meal scheme has resulted in allotting lesser time for better academic administration in the school.
2,677 schools in need of separate head teachers Unspent fund to lapse at close of financial year
2,677 schools in need of separate head teachers
Unspent fund to lapse at close of financial year