NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, Manish Sisodia, Deputy chief minister, Delhi had written to UPSC chairman in which he urged the chairman to look for principals who have the ability to motivate and mentor teachers in applicants while recruiting for school principals.
The direct recruitment of principals for Delhi government schools is happening after a decade, the minister noted. “Apart from checking just academic and administrative abilities of the applicants, this time UPSC should also look out for their ability to motivate and mentor teachers, awareness about Delhi’s cultural diversity, willingness to gain new skills, adaptability in every situation, deep understanding of child behaviour and their learning abilities and most importantly if he or she owns a research-oriented approach or not,” the minister said in his letter to UPSC Chairman Manoj Soni. “This is required because a school principal is not just an academic administrator but also a school leader,” he said.
UPSC will be conducting the recruitment test for 363 posts by July 17, which, according to Sisodia is going to be the “biggest exercise in strengthening the school system since the adoption of National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.” The leader claimed that many significant changes have taken place in the country’s education system in the past seven years. Of which, he said, one of the most important ones was the adoption of the new education policy in 2020 – the first of this century.
The minister even said that the government of Delhi has been able to “rebuild the public trust” in the government school system in its seven years of governing the city by upgrading the infrastructure, quality education and so on. “There is only one single factor that can translate this vision of NEP 2020 into a reality, it is the Principal of a school. While governments can only allocate sufficient resources and articulate the agenda of transformation, the principals do make it happen,” Sisodia said in the letter.
Talking about UPSC, while choosing a candidate for the principal’s post the UPSC examines 6 subjects, and they are- general knowledge, language skills, reasoning and aptitude, education policies and evaluation, management and financial administration, and office procedure.