The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all the affiliated institutions to undertake a 'psychometric test' for all the employees of the institutions. Both teaching and non-teaching staff will have to take part in the evaluation which will be conducted by professional psychologists.
The Reason for the Move?
The test has to be conducted withing the next two months, as per the CBSE's direction. The board issued the statement in a circular, which consisted of new guidelines for the total security of the students.
This move comes days after the gruesome murder of an eight year old student allegedly by a bus conductor at the premises of Ryan International School, Gurugram.
"Owing to increasing incidents involving safety and well-being of school children, the onus for safety and security of children on campus shall solely lie upon the school authorities. It is the fundamental right of a child to engage and study in an environment where he/she feels safe and is free from any form of physical or emotional abuse or harassment." The circular stated.
What is a Psychometric Test?
A psychometric test is structured to analyze the suitability of an individual for a specific role. This is based on the aptitude and personality which is required for a task.
The circular further said "Such verification and evaluation for non-teaching staff such as bus drivers, conductors, peon, and other support staff may be done very carefully and in a detailed manner. This may be complied and reported online on CBSE website within two months of receipt of this circular."
The Instructions from the Board
The board directed the schools to go by the rules which were issued by the HRD Ministry and asked the schools to get a 'security and safety audit' on the school areas and for all the employees from the local police stations, respective to each schools withing two months.
It also asked the institutions to make sure yo install CCTV cameras at all the 'vulnerable areas and points' on the school areas and to make sure that they are not dysfunctional.
The board also demanded the the 'supporting staff' should only be recruited by the agencies that are authorized and that there must be a proper record of supporting staff.
In the country, there are 19,316 schools that are affiliated to the board and 211 schools in countries abroad. At this juncture, where students are not safe in their own schools, we must make sure that steps like these are promoted and that security and safety of children are made sure of.