After the tragedy of a class 2 student of Ryan International school. CBSE has asked for a psychometric test to happen in various schools. However, no schools of Tricity (Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali) has made their staff take a psychometric test.
What is happening as per CBSE guidelines for schools
All the schools have started the process of implementing the guidelines as per CBSE. After receiving the circular, cameras have been installed and also the applications were sent to the police verification. However, the psychometric tests have not been done yet.
What does the tricity authorities of schools say about the guidelines
In her statement Ritu Bali, principal of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Sector 41, said. “It is too early to say whether it will be useful or useless. We need to first decide what we are trying to identify.”
Schools are given a time frame of two months for or completing the safety audit and psychological test. The first letter was sent on September 12 which was extended to September 28. A UT lawyer Ajay Jagga wrote to UT advisor for the audits to happen before the deadline appears.
Robin Aggarwal, director of Learning Paths School in Mohali, shared the circular which said that”the board has constituted a committee to frame guidelines for the safety of schoolchildren… which include psychometric evaluation of staff, the safety audit of premises, camera monitoring, character and antecedents verification, and visitor management. The detailed guidelines will be out shortly. The schools will get adequate time to comply with the measures”.
On the other hand, the tricity parents of the students say that the schools need to do as asked by the guidelines of CBSE.Chandigarh parents association president Nitin Goyal said ” “So why do they have to wait? They should rather cooperate for the safety of children”.
In another statement, Saupin’s School director-principal and Independent Schools Association vice-president ABS Sidhu said “Many corporate houses have aptitude tests for job candidates. In our school, they have to take two written tests… one of English and the other of their teaching subject. Practical demonstration and interview are the next rounds. A psychometric test to look into the teacher’s aptitude and temperament can be helpful.”
Upon asked as to why Tricity schools are not making the staff to take the test he further said: “The CBSE expects this test to analyze criminal inclination but will any state government check this score before hiring a teacher?”