The Central Board of Secondary Education
(CBSE) has made changes to the bylaws governing superannuation and imposed
restrictions on the recruitment of principals. Henceforth, principals over the
age of 60 will be able to continue in their post only if they are national
awardees. They would also need prior approval of the CBSE.
This is the second change in the last one month
that the CBSE has made to its bylaws that control recruitment of principals.
Until now, there had been no such intervention from CBSE on the recruitment of
school principals and state and CBSE awardees could continue in their posts
till the age of 65.
Although the CBSE has refrained from citing
any reason for this new move, sources say it is part of an ongoing drive
against family-owned schools, where the principal and management belong to the
same family. The CBSE have also decided to include CBSE and state government
nominees in the principal selection committee. These moves are major blows to
the monopoly of school managements over hiring of principals.
This decision is in addition to another directive
on age cap of principals. Principals can now get an extension of only two more
years, beyond the age of 60 years. Joseph Emmanuel, CBSE Board Secretary, has
informed schools that the candidate "maybe considered for an extension of
service for two years after reaching the age of superannuation, subject to
meritorious service, impeccable character, sound health, good leadership, and
outstanding results throughout".
The class X and XII board exams may be
rescheduled in the second week of March this year, after the assembly elections
in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur, which
are scheduled from February 11 to March 8.