The process of appointing Principals for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
affiliated private schools has just undergone humongous change, as per a
circular released on Thursday by the prestigious CBSE Board in India. The new
rule mandates interested candidates applying for the role of Principal or Head
of Institution, need to undergo a Principal Eligibility Test (PET) based on
which they shall be appointed.
This announcement has come post the decision
made by the CBSE to get involved directly into the appointment process for
principals and institution heads in private schools affiliated under it and
hence the mandate for a test to filter out ineligible candidates, and improve
the quality of people being assigned a position of such responsibility. There have been numerous incidents of schools
operating with no heads or with poorly performing principals, thereby resulting
in poor management of staff, students and school affairs.
The Central Board of Secondary Education has
also mandated the inclusion of a nominee member, either from the State
government or the CBSE board itself, in the Principal selection committee to
ensure the said mandate for quality is being correctly adhered to. The Board is
very particular about only the most eligible people getting these roles to
ensure maintenance of quality education and facilities in every
school affiliated to it.
The Board has laid guidelines to have a 5
member selection committee for appointments to such posts, and also clearly
stated that two members of the committee shall be appointed by the CBSE board
itself or shall be boarded only after approval from the CBSE.