Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has ordered all its affiliated schools across India to conduct psychometric test for all its staff members. CBSE has take this decision right after the horrific murder case of 7-years old Pradyuman Thakur who was allegedly killed by a bus conductor of his school, last week.
CBSE has 19,500 affiliated schools under its umbrella and has made it mandatory for all to perform a psychometric evaluation of all its staff and submit the report. In all 19500 CBSE affiliated schools there are over ten lakh employees across India and other countries. Apart from private CBSE affiliated schools, the circular of psychometric test will also be applicable on 600 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, 1,100 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 2,700 state government run schools and 14,900 private schools.
Why has CBSE ordered psychometric test for staff in all its schools
The CBSE has sent a circular to all its affiliated schools across India stating that the psychometric test on all the school staff members is necessary for the safety of the students who are vulnerable. Post the barbaric event of a child’s murder in a school of Gurugram by one of school bus conductors, the Supreme Court has inquired CBSE to inform about their safety measures for the children studying in their schools. Well, not only the psychometric tests but the board has ordered all its affiliated schools to get the police verification done before hiring any of its staff in detail.
What is a psychometric test & on whom it will be performed
Pyschometric tests are kind of evaluation or assessment done to determine the suitability of the candidate on the basis of mental aptitude and personality characteristics. CBSE has directed all its affiliated schools to strictly adhere by the order of the board and conduct this test on all its staff members including teachers, non-academic employees, peon, bus drivers, conductor and sweepers within the span of two months. If any CBSE affiliated school is found to violate the safety of the students within the school compoud will have to face the consequences like disaffiliation from the CBSE.
However, the circular of the CBSE, passed on to all its affiliated schools, also ordered limited access of the outsiders inside the school premises. It was also mentioned in the circular that the staff of all the CBSE affiliated schools will be provided with training and development to cater the protection of the students. Separate panels are directed to be formed to deal with all sorts of internal complaints while a committee has to be made in all the CBSE affiliated schools address any sexual harassment of the student within the school campus.