Psychometric test for school employees likely

The brutal killing of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur in Ryan School, Gurugram, has led to parents raising concern over the mental condition of junior staff engaged by school administrations. Now the Security Sector Skill Development Council (SSSDC) has come forward to help CBSE and school administrations to conduct psychometric testing of deployed personnel to measure their suitability for roles given to them in schools besides finding their mental health status.

SSSDC, which works under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the National Skill Development Council (NSDC), has also offered its expertise to the CBSE in conducting safety and security audits of schools and training and assessment of currently deployed private security guards in schools.

SSSDC has devised a two-day special teaching module for Security Auditors where experienced security personnel will be taught about specialized ways of dealing with safety and security of school children. According to SSSDC CEO, Major General (retired) AK Sakhuja: “SSSDC have requisite expertise in training “Security Risk Management Auditors” for both physical and electronic security systems. The auditors trained by us are professionally competent to identify gaps in security and advise the stakeholders on the most optimum solutions to plug them. They are fully aware of the statutory guidelines framed by the government thereby contributing in crime prevention.”

Major Gen Sakhuja said SSSDC’s association with educational institutions will help them in identifying security gaps, upgrading safety and security mechanisms and systems, updating emergency preparedness plans and creating enhance crisis management plans. “The SSSDC can help conduct security audits through security professionals accredited by it. We can also ensure deployment of the SSSDC trained and certified security guards. We can also help conduct training and assessment of currently deployed private security guards in schools and also help conduct psychometric testing of deployed personnel,” he added.