Headmasters must acquire administrative skills: Collector

TAKING NOTES: Headmasters of Government high and higher secondary schools at a programme on "Leadership Training towards Excellence in Administration" in Vellore on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

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"Have responsibility of communicating with parents, public"

VELLORE: District Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav stressed the need for headmasters to acquire administrative skills to efficiently manage the school and build its image.

Delivering keynote address of the one-day programme on "Leadership Training towards Excellence in Administration" for headmasters of high and higher secondary schools organised jointly by Lions Clubs International and Lions Family of Vellore here on Saturday, Mr. Yadav said that headmasters had the responsibility of communicating with the parents and the public and networking with other educational institutions.

Besides the task of moulding the students into good citizens, the task of providing equal opportunities to students belonging to all strata of society was a big challenge.

The Collector said that the headmaster was virtually the Chief Executive Officer of an educational institution and therefore had the responsibility of building the image of the school at a time when several private schools go in for ISO certification through their professional management.

The HMs have to ensure that every child passes with distinction, becomes self-confident, and copes with the requirements of the job market and with life and ensure good team work among the teachers.

All Government schoolteachers were the best at the time of entry, but once they get into the system, they become worse.

Therefore, the Government school HMs need training to administer the school properly, he said. R. Pichai, Chief Educational Officer, Vellore, said that the HMs had to face problems from teachers, parents, students, the public and the Government officials.

V. Sooriyanathan, District Educational Officer, Tirupattur said that the HMs would have to coordinate activities of various teachers to ensure good administration. Ratna Natarajan, past Lions District Governor and the course director, said the course would cover topics such as achieving excellence in administration, human relations, challenges and responsibilities, inter-personal relationship, teaching and obtaining results.

G. Parthasarathy, Governor, Lions District 324-A4 inaugurated the programme. Prof. Ratna Natarajan and K. Abdul Rasheed, administrative officer, Ambur Muslim Educational Society conducted the training.

S. Emperumal presided. Devikarani, president, Lions Club of Vellore welcomed the gathering.