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50% SCHOOLS IN STATE HAVE NO ONE AT THE HELM

school-1A study conducted by the Delhi-based National University of Educational Planning and Administration reveals that nearly 50% schools in the state are functioning without a regular headmaster or principal. The survey conducted in the year 2006 by National University of Educational Planning and Administration shows that out of 9,314 state board schools, only 51.51% have a principal or headmaster on regular basis. The survey, which also included private unaided and aided schools, revealed that only 32.90% schools with upper primary and higher secondary in the state have principals. According to the survey, even Gujarat fared better than Maharashtra. The report further stated that the reason that such a huge number of schools don’t have a headmaster or principal is solely due to the shortage of qualified personnel and lack of infrastructure in rural areas of the state. A school which functions without a principal is like a ship without a captain. A headmaster fills the role of a guide and gives the school a vision. Unfortunately while the cities of the state enjoy this benefit, it’s once again the rural areas of the state that lack this opportunity. Sana Warsia NMTV News.

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