New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday ordered its 19,500 affiliated schools to put its entire staff through a psychometric evaluation.
In a reply to a Supreme Court query in the aftermath of the murder of a child in a Gurugram school by a bus conductor, the CBSE announced that the onus of safety of students on campus lies solely with school authorities.
Reportedly, the board has sent a circular on ‘safety of children’ to its affiliated schools, giving them two months to complete psychometric evaluation of all staff – teachers, non-teaching employees, sweepers, bus drivers and conductors included.
Psychometric tests are designed to measure a candidate’s suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude.
The circular, issued by CBSE deputy secretary Jaiprakash Chaturvedi, said, “They must get the police verification and psychometric evaluation done for all the staff employed. 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.”
“It is reiterated that all schools affiliated with the CBSE are directed to strictly adhere to all the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the board from time to time. Any violation/lapses with regard to the safety and well-being of children on campus would invite appropriate action, including the disaffiliation of the school… “, there circular went on to add.
Schools have been asked to constitute separate panels like the internal complaints committee on sexual harassment. The circular stated that the details of these committees, along with contact details, should be displayed prominently on school notice board and on the school website.